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  1. #1
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    Default Making Nucs with Queen cels

    I posted here thinking this is a manipulation that the commercial side would be more familiar with.

    I'm in Florida.

    My thought was to bust Double deep hives into 6 to 8, 5 frame Nucs on day 7-8 after grafting.

    Not sure if I should move Nucs to different yard? I do walk away splits in same yard often and it works out well, mostly

    After Nucs have sat queen less for 24 hours add Queen cels that are 8 to 9 days old (from grafting day).
    I'll place the cel on the edge of brood.

    What do you think of my plan?
    Any tips or recommendations?

    Thanks for you help

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    Default Re: Making Nucs with Queen cels

    Not tooo far off what I have planned. At least my plan A. Mine have been "opportunistic", timing was luck, but the end result was good. My only "thought" is the time you are moving the queen cells. Everything I've seen suggests day 12, and the queens are better able to survive some jostling. JMHO

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    Default Re: Making Nucs with Queen cels

    I don't have an incubator.
    What if one hatches early and kills the rest?
    I was going to go right from hive to hive

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    Default Re: Making Nucs with Queen cels

    Proper planning and moving the cells on the right date will avoid that eventuality.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: Making Nucs with Queen cels

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon Parker View Post
    Proper planning and moving the cells on the right date will avoid that eventuality.
    My plan was to move 9 full days after I grafted.
    Is that proper?

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    Default Re: Making Nucs with Queen cels

    Nine or ten days will work fine. Just be sure the cells are nice and firm to handle. Use a cell protector. Candle your cells. That is hold up to the sunlight, the potential cell and tip the cell gently. You will either feel the queen slip or see her (shadow) slip in the cell. Then you know that is a good ripe queen cell that once placed in a cell protector can be inserted into your split or nuc. She should hatch a day or two later. Good luck! TED Kretschmann
    ALABAMA BEE COMPANY-A member of the Sioux Honey association -*Sweetening a golden tommorrow*

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