Talk about hurry up and wait.
First of all I'll say the instructions that came with the Mann Lake graftless system scared me. Place my expensive breeder queen in a new hive with no introduction cage? No thank you.
Before I used it I read many posts here about the quirks of using this type of system, so I was aware one day in a hive to get polished and aquire the hive smell was not enough. I left my system in a hive for three days before putting my queen inside.
This hive had been overwintered in the Northwest and was still smaller than I would like, only about 6 frames. After five days the queen had not laid in it and I turned her loose out of concern for her. I gave that hive a few frames of bees and brood to boost it and will try later. It's nights are still cool here.
Choosing another hive that was purchased from California and was booming, I placed the system and queen..waiting three days and happy to see eggs when I checked. That night I inserted the divider in the cloak board system type receving hive.
Next morning..still eggs. Next day..still eggs. Next day still eggs...Sheesh. Now my receiving hive has been queenless for three days. (Yes, I inspected and removed the queen cells started by this hive.) I just grabbed a frame of eggs and larva and grafted. Luckily I planned to learn to do this too and was prepared with my JZBZ frame and a magnified illuminator. Yes, I feel I squished a few larva, but overall by the time I was done with 10 or so I had the hang of it.
Wham! Bam! Done! My schedule, not the bees. And much less invasive and time consuming than getting into the hive every day to see if eggs had hatched.
Enough of these grafted cells are being drawn out and raised to warrent leave this frame in the hive.
I removed the graftless system and will try again. With my short season area I am concerned about letting weeks or even days go by with no progress.
I have to say my new light is fantastic. My eyes are not great and with this light and my reading glasses Eggs looked like hot dogs.I spent a few $$ to get a good one with clear optics. 10 or so queen sales will pay for it and it will serve me for years.
I was a little unhappy after ordering it online from Amazon for $227.49 It came from Penn Tool and they were selling in online for $179.00. They were nice to deal with though and the light is amazing, and the Hallogen light is not too hot for the comb. It just gives off a gentle warm temp.
Made in the USA- not a China junko cheapie piece of C***
They have the same light a little cheaper with a shorter arm, but I thought My husband would use this at time to read blueprints..He is stealing my reading glasses all the time, LOL.
I left the graftless system and the eggs out overnight to dry up and will insert them into a large hive to be cleaned. I hesitate to put new cups in it if it is the new smell that is holding the progress up. If they clean out the eggs I'll use the old cups and try it again until I get the hang of it. But another week will go by even if it is successful this time.
Hurry up and wait does not work for me..Hurry up and get the job done does.