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  1. #1
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    Default hopkins method with foundation?

    I wondered if I could cut the queen cells off of foundation using the Hopkins method?
    Thanks for input.

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    Default Re: hopkins method with foundation?

    If you have wax foundation (or none) and no wires in the way, you can cut queen cells off and put them in mating nucs or hives to be requeened. The Hopkins method is more about how to get those cells... and then, of course, you cut them off and put them in mating nucs...

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeshopkinsmethod.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: hopkins method with foundation?

    I have plastic foundation (sorry didn't mention that) and was worried about possible damage to queen cell when cutting it from the plastic foundation.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: hopkins method with foundation?

    I have never succeeded at cutting out a queen cell from plastic foundation. I just use the whole frame with however many cells there are...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: hopkins method with foundation?

    Made the same mistake on using plastic foundation.
    I use the reusable mini queen holding cages to keep all of my queens at maturity date.
    They are easy to make and install. Doesn't cost much either.
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    Default Re: hopkins method with foundation?

    Thanks...I better get some comb drawn out w/o full plastic foundation.
    I love this forum! !! How helpful.

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