Re: Cloake Board Wisdom
good thread. i want to try this for the first time this year.
is this how it works.....?
prior to introducing the grafts into the top box, the brood frames are separated such that the capped brood is in the bottom and the open brood is in the top. (would it hurt to shake in some extra nurse bees in the top?)
a queen excluder and are board are put in between the boxes, allowing for an entrance to the top box. (how long before you put the grafts into the top box?)
after three days, the board is removed, and the excluder is left in place.
once ripe, the queen cells are taken out, and the process is repeated if you want to raise more queens.
is that about right?
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf