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    Default Cell builder ?

    What is the least amount of time needed for a nuc hive cell starter/builder to be queenless before inserting the grafts? I had to make one quickly and get grafts in between thunder strorms. We have been getting whacked with thunderstorms and rain.

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    Over night is always my goal. Between 12 and 24 hours, but I like those 12 hours to be over night.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Assuming you are using a standard broodless type set up? If so, 2 hours is plenty. Less can work at a pinch but not as good.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    It was probaably close to an hour. I quess this is another experiment and I will see if they take. Thanks.

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    Let's know how it goes, if your graft was good you'll likely be fine.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: Cell builder ?

    I inserted my Jenter plugs into my cell builder that was queenless for only about an hour. The majority took and produced nice queens.

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    Default Re: Cell builder ?

    If you mean a "starter box" or "swarm box", then I agree with 2 hours. If you mean a hive that will be used to start cells, I like overnight.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenre...tm#starterhive
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesbetterq...starter%20hive
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenre...tm#TheSwarmBox
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesalleyme...m_swarming_box
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Cell builder ?

    Actually if you are using a Cloake board we have found that immediately before installing is sufficient. Perhaps if you are trying to get cells real early in the season you might gain a bit of an advantage with the longer time frame but once there are ample drones grafts are quite readily accepted as long as there is no Queen pheromone present.
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