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Thread: Polished Cups?

  1. #1
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    Default Polished Cups?

    I just put my cloake board on today and was wondering if I should put the frame of new queen cups in the hive for a day or so before grafting into them so they could polish them out. They are brand new JBZB cups that have not been used, just didn't know if it would improve the acceptance rate or not.

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    Default Re: Polished Cups?

    I never put the cups in prior to grafting and get 90-95% takes on grafts. I used to let them polish new cups, but i got the same percentage. Putting them in to have them polished is up to you, but you may just want to graft right into them
    Allegany Mtn. Bee Farm
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    Default Re: Polished Cups?

    You may get mixed opinions, For me this is something I always do. I put them in for 24 hrs before I graft.

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    Default Re: Polished Cups?

    I just graft directly into the new cups.
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    Default Re: Polished Cups?

    I agree with NY Blues. I get very good acceptance with new cups.

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    Default Re: Polished Cups?

    I have tried both ways. Works just as good with new cups. Not worth the agravation of putting in and taking out.

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

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