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  1. #1
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    Default Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    I want to bring some new genetics into my apiariy. I want queen cells because I want them to mate with my local drones. Does anyone have a good line on 100 or so cells? I know there are a lot of folks in California who sell queen cells, but do cells ship that well from CA to Tennessee? Let me know if you have any good experience with folks shipping cells. Sorry Barry if this is the wrong forum for this question.

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    Default Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    Read through this short thread, as shipping cells has already been discussed, several times here on the forum...

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ng-Queen-Cells
    20+ years, raise my own queens, feed when needed, I treat but have not perfected varroa management yet.

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    Default Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    Well fed Virgin queens, if handled correctly, ship very well.
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    Default Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    Miksa Honey Farms out of Florida
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    Default Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    Does anyone have pictures of exactly how Miksa ships the cells?
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    Default Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    www.wicwas.com articles ABJ2009-05

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    Default Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    Quote Originally Posted by JSL View Post
    Miksa Honey Farms out of Florida

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    Default Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    >www.wicwas.com › articles › ABJ2009-05

    Found it: http://www.wicwas.com/sites/default/...ABJ2009-05.pdf

    I'm still not clear on the DETAILS of how they are shipped. The article stops before that...
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    Default Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    David and Linda place ripe cells in cell protectors that snap into the JZBZ bars, the one's used for cages too. The bars are then secured in a battery box and covered to prevent them from "bouncing" out and the box is filled with bees and shipped overnight UPS. David and Linda have pioneered the process and ship coast to coast. They are great beekeepers and usually booked!
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    Default Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    I heard Dave Miksa give a talk on it a few years ago. I don't recall all the details but it requires overnight shipping with late afternoon delivery to their local UPS facility. I believe they are using a "battery" box with live bees to maintain the proper temp. I guess the results are pretty good but as someone who handles even mature queen cells with a lot of care I can't help but believe there still has to be some cell damage from time to time depending on how much care the shipper is using.
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    Default Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    I know a commercial operation that orders them because they can obtain them early. The success rate, while good, is less than non-shipped cels.
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