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  1. #1
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    Default Caging queens for shipment

    Every monday I go thru 48 mating nucs catching, marking, and caging queens. After the first dozen my fingers are coated with propolis. This makes it hard to cage queens and attendants since my fingers are so sticky I can't turn them loose when I stick their heads into the cage.

    To the queen breeders out there, what do ya'll do to help with this problem?

    Johnny
    Last edited by Broke-T; 05-03-2012 at 12:56 PM.
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    Default Re: Caging queens for shipment

    Never tried it but an old man used to tell me some moonshine was good for that. I usually take a break and was my hands. Its really a pain when their wings get stuck on my fingers, or one of those workers flips around and nails me in the thumb...

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    Default Re: Caging queens for shipment

    I clean my fingers with a cloth and rubbing alcohol.

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    Default Re: Caging queens for shipment

    I have employees that find the queens...125 every four days, and I catch, mark, and cage them. My fingers get covered with annoying bees and stingers, not propolis.

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    Default Re: Caging queens for shipment

    Quote Originally Posted by Skinner Apiaries View Post
    an old man used to tell me some moonshine was good for that.
    When I work with moonshine, pretty soon I don't feel like doing anything.
    Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

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    Default Re: Caging queens for shipment

    Skinner

    I would trade moonshine for a couple queens?

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    Default Re: Caging queens for shipment

    Enough "Shine" and they all look like queens.

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    Default Re: Caging queens for shipment

    Quote Originally Posted by AR Beekeeper View Post
    Enough "Shine" and they all look like queens.

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    Default Re: Caging queens for shipment

    AR Beekeeper's got it: old rag with rubbing alcohol.

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    Default Re: Caging queens for shipment

    Mineral oil laxative aka FGMO.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Caging queens for shipment

    Michael, do you just coat your fingers with it beforehand or clean them with it?

    Johnny
    "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain

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    Default Re: Caging queens for shipment

    LMAO! Me too!
    Quote Originally Posted by AR Beekeeper View Post
    Enough "Shine" and they all look like queens.
    "Death smiles at everyone. Marines smile back!"

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    Default Re: Caging queens for shipment

    >Michael, do you just coat your fingers with it beforehand or clean them with it?

    Clean them with it. The good thing is it has no smell and it softens your hands instead of drying them out...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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