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  1. #1
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    Default How do you transport fresh grafts?

    I grafted from a friends bees a few days ago, and not knowing what else to do I made up a three frame nuc with bees out of my cell builder and tried to get as few foragers as possible. It was probably 45 minutes from graft to putting them back where they belong. Is there an easier way?

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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    David,

    Wrap the cell bar in a damp/moist papertowel, keep it out of the sun and take it home to the starter.

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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    Well, that would be a lot easier. I'll bet you know what you're talking about too. Thanks. Great website BTW.

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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    With our normally very low humidity, I find that it helps after you wrap them in moistened paper towels, to then wrap them in a white plastic bag. Without the plastic bag my moist paper towels dry out in about three minutes.
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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    I envy your low humidity. Saunas have less humidity than Tennessee in the summer time.

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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    I think your way is the best way, Joes (both of them) would work too as long as there are no temp extremes to deal with. I have done it by putting the grafts in a screened box with a pretty good shake of bees and had good success though on a nice warm day that is probably overkill.
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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    Its so dry down here in east texas that if you do not do some type of wet graft you are outta luck unless you grafting room is a total sauna.....Or your starter is feet way...the starter is 50 yds from my house...by time any dry grafts get there the is what day is....DRY!
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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    A saw an article somewhere about a club making a bunch of grafts at a meeting to be distributed in a day or two after they were accepted, and they used a thin inner cover with a bunch of holes just big enough for the cups to fit in. A lot more trouble than damp paper towels, but pretty dang cool for a club meeting. It would also allow you to check for acceptance without disturbing the bees too much before putting them on the cell bar frame.

    Anyway, I'm starting to find that the ways that experienced people do things is usually pretty efficient, and the ways that dabblers do things is often overkill. So next time I'll probably just give damp paper towels a try.

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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    I use a damp bath towel with the same results. My wife doesn't yet understand the disappearing towel thing though.

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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    Quote Originally Posted by David LaFerney View Post
    A saw an article somewhere about a club making a bunch of grafts at a meeting to be distributed in a day or two after they were accepted, and they used a thin inner cover with a bunch of holes just big enough for the cups to fit in. A lot more trouble than damp paper towels, but pretty dang cool for a club meeting. It would also allow you to check for acceptance without disturbing the bees too much before putting them on the cell bar frame.

    Anyway, I'm starting to find that the ways that experienced people do things is usually pretty efficient, and the ways that dabblers do things is often overkill. So next time I'll probably just give damp paper towels a try.
    David, thing they are talking about pre-putting it in the starter...the day or 2 old grafts do not have issues with drying out like the just-grafted ones do.
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