Queen Rearing Plan
Is this a good plan for raising good Queens? If not, what is? I understand the different scenarios
that bees will rear queens, I just want to know if there is a better plan, than the one below, that
someone wishes to share. This is my current way I plan to raise a few queens to make some splits:
I will take a strong hive which has 2 deeps for a brood box.
The Cell builder colony will be housed in a 10 frame deep.
STEP 1: I would grab an extra deep I had laying around. And from the strong hive would
donate to the Cell Builder the following:
7 frames of brood
3 frames of stores
A few frames of nurse bees would also be shaken in.
STEP 2: The Queen, with the rest of the bees, brood, and stores, would be moved to a new
location. And The cell builder left at the exact location of the original hive.
STEP 1: The Cell Builder colony will be checked thoroughly for any queen cells that the bees
may have built. The Queen cells found will be destroyed.
Step 2: A frame will be removed to make room for the grafted cups.
Step 3: The frame of grafted cups will be inserted in the hive.
Step 1: A check will be made to ensure that the grafted cups were accepted.
Step 1: Queen cells are distributed to nucleus hives.
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