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  1. #1
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    Default JZBZ Cell Protectors?? Good or bad??

    After dropping a couple of cells to the bottom board of my mating nucs on my first batch of cells I thought I might try these on my next mating nuc day (Sunday). I seem to recall someone (Mike Palmer??) saying that the orange cell protectors were not good for some reason but I forget exactly why. Perhaps the workers can't thin the end down enough and the queen doesn't emerge as predictably as one would like??

    Pros and cons?? Or should I just get better about sticking them between the top bars without these??
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
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    Default Re: JZBZ Cell Protectors?? Good or bad??

    I have a lot. I never use them. First, they are more work. Second the bees can't keep the cell as warm. I don't see that they are that effective.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: JZBZ Cell Protectors?? Good or bad??

    I heard that they crush the Q cell ever so slightly, but enough to kill the developing queen. I have never used them and they do fine without.

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    Default Re: JZBZ Cell Protectors?? Good or bad??

    Nobody else wants to chime in on these?? I am leaning towards not using them on Saturday when I put the cells in my double nucs.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

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    Default Re: JZBZ Cell Protectors?? Good or bad??

    I used about 300 this year ,dont shove the cell in too far you only need it to protect the sides of the cells where it is wax not the plastic.The reason i like to use them as I can go back later and be sure the cell hatched without looking for the queen. I put them on when i pull the cell bars and put in the incubater.If a queen then hatches early in th incubater she will not be able to harm any of the cells only any other queen that had hatched early because my old eyes grafted to old lava or i did get them put in in time

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