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  1. #1
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    Default First Time Queen Rearing

    I just moved my queen cells from the starter to the finish box. I was wondering if I could get some input on when(no. of days) to put roller cages over the cells?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: First Time Queen Rearing

    I would assume as soon as their capped.

    Take my word with a grain of salt. It's my first time this year too.
    Last edited by Learning2Bee; 02-21-2017 at 07:11 AM. Reason: Info

  3. #3
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    Default Re: First Time Queen Rearing

    I like to wait to within a day or two of hatching to add the cage so the workers can continue to warm and care for the capped cell, if you know the dates (sounds like you grafted larvae, so you should). and I like to put a couple of workers in the cage as well. With the small hive beetles, if I don't add a couple of workers in the queen cell cage, the beetles use the queen cell cage as a hiding place and generally wreak havoc.

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    Default Re: First Time Queen Rearing

    10 days after graft...provided you used 12-24 hour old larvae.

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    Default Re: First Time Queen Rearing

    Quote Originally Posted by JMHammond View Post
    I just moved my queen cells from the starter to the finish box. I was wondering if I could get some input on when(no. of days) to put roller cages over the cells?
    It's much easier to transfer the cells before they hatch

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    Default Re: First Time Queen Rearing

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    It's much easier to transfer the cells before they hatch

    Exactly! Plant the cells on day 14 in the nucs you have prepared. Do not let the queens emerge in the finisher or an incubator. Personally, I never mess around with roller cages. Just too much hassle for me.
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  7. #7
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    Default Re: First Time Queen Rearing

    Thanks so much for the advice, it will help me make the correct steps in the next few days.

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