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  1. #1
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    Oct 2012
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    Salem, Indiana, USA
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    Default How to make queens?

    I have 7 hives I want to split come spring. I have made up queen cups and frame as shown by FatBeeman in one of his videos. My question is if I put this frame in my best hive will the queen lay eggs in the cells and then the hive produce queen cells to use in my splits or am I missing a step or two? Also. how would be the best way to keep queens alive that hatch before I am ready to use them?.

  2. #2
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    Sep 2009
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    Tyrone, Pennsylvania,USA
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    Default Re: How to make queens?

    No, the queen will not lay in the cell cups.You will need to graft day old larva into the cell cups. Here is a good place to start, there is a lot of good info on this site.
    http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

  3. #3
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: How to make queens?

    Here is a specific Michael Bush page on rearing queens:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearing.htm
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  4. #4
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    Jan 2011
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    Downingtown, PA
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    Default Re: How to make queens?

    Bmat -

    I plan on doing the same this spring. In addition to the Bush site, I saved off some links for reference.

    http://doorgarden.com/11/simple-hone...-for-beginners

    And a decent Youtube video on the subject

    http://youtu.be/RKUH8dFlSaE

    Mel Disselkoen's OTS (On The Spot) queen rearing, an alternative to grafting ...

    http://www.mdasplitter.com/

    http://youtu.be/qIYz65Vquxg


    And, a queen rearing calendar generator

    http://www.thebeeyard.org/queen-rearing-calendar/

    I had a goal to start rearing some queens last summer and just never got to it.

    Good luck.

  5. #5
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    Sacramento,California,USA
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    Default Re: How to make queens?

    This is a great thread on a simple queen rearing method...

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...arter-Finisher
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