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    brown cell cups,,,


    do you throw em away after one use or can u clean the wax out of them somehow or ?

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    Which ones do you mean?

    I use these ones and the little inserts are disposable.

    http://www.sbai.org.uk/sbai_forum/at...128634&thumb=1

    http://www.sbai.org.uk/sbai_forum/at...896025&thumb=1

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    yeah.. those.. just didnt have a lot and dont order often...

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    I'm in N Ireland (UK) so can't give you an exact price in Dollars but I pay the equivalent of about 6 Dollars for 100.
    You can clean them by leaving them in hot water and then scraping out the remnants of cocoons one by one but you will lose a couple of hours of your life in the process.

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    I just rip the cells off and reuse them...
    I used to swish them through boiling water (too long and they warp and shrivel) but I gave that up.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: brown cell cups

    Do you put them in a hive first for a day or so to get the remnants cleaned out first before grafting into them?

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    Default Re: brown cell cups

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    I just rip the cells off and reuse them...
    I used to swish them through boiling water (too long and they warp and shrivel) but I gave that up.

    Yeah, I learned that the hard way! I threw about 40 Jenter cups into boiling water and within seconds they were wasted.
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    Default Re: brown cell cups

    Soak in Alcohol for a few days then use a cotton swab

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    >Do you mean you graft into the cup even with bits of cocoon from the previous pupa still in it?

    It seems like when I grab the cell and give it a twist and a pull, the cocoon comes out with the rest. If there are small bits of anything, I don't worry about it, but I don't think there is much.
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