Re: Dealing with capped queen cells in incubators
I move cells into my incubator 7 days post graft. I then candle them and move the best into mating nucs on day 10 post graft which is day 14 overall. They hatch the next day.
If I want to collect virgins, I let them emerge into california mini queen cages that I have stocked with 5 nurse bees and a pea sized ball of queen candy. I check every few hours for emerged queens and pull the cell and replace it with the queen candy tube. You can then place the virgin in a hive like a mated queen.
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