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  1. #1
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    Default How do cut out queen cells from plastic foundation?

    Just wondering because the push for plastic foundation hoe I would be able to remove multiple G cells from the frame or do they just go to waste? This is a newbee here wondering. Thanks
    Rick Kumer

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    Default Re: How do cut out queen cells from plastic foundation?

    I dont belive they are removable.
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    Default Re: How do cut out queen cells from plastic foundation?

    For me, that is the big downside to PF's. What I do is just move the entire frame with QC(s) into a nuc, leaving at least one QC in the mother hive and at least one per nuc. IF I have time, I'll check frequently on those w/ multple QC's to try and catch a newly-emerged queen before she kills the others in their cells. If I do catch them, I'll remove them to another nuc. Should they disappear during mating or otherwise fail to mate properly, they can always be re-combined. -js

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    Default Re: How do cut out queen cells from plastic foundation?

    I saw a thread mid to late last summer that basically said you don't. the cell is damaged when separated from the plastic.
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    Default Re: How do cut out queen cells from plastic foundation?

    Last year I put a frame of brood above a cloakboard to pull nurse bees up,put in the graft next day. they started them but tore them down, sure enough I had moved the Queen up. I found her and moved her back downI waited a few days before grafting again, I pulled the frame of brood up and there was 17 Q cells started. I left them till they were caped then made little push in cages 1inch by 2inch by 3/4 deep out of # 8. It worked good, this year I hope to try it on swarm cells instead of emergency cells. It is easier to intro a cell to a nuc but a virgin seems to just run in the front door

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    Default Re: How do cut out queen cells from plastic foundation?

    >Just wondering because the push for plastic foundation hoe I would be able to remove multiple G cells from the frame or do they just go to waste?

    I have never found a way. I just use each frame as one queen cell, no matter how many cells are on it and the rest do go to waste... that's a good reason to use foundationless with no wires. They cut out very nicely...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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