Queen Rearing Calendar
Day 0 - Start feeding hives that the nurse bees for the starter come from with 1:1 sugar water with HBH and Pollen Substitute orassemble the Queen Timing Box and feed it. Place the queen behind the excluder panels.
Day 1 The egg is laid by the queen mother
Day 4 Graft 12-24 hour-old larvae into cell cups (primed with a drop of royal jelly). Make up a five frame queen-less nuc, with two frames of uncapped honey and two frames of pollen. Add pollen substitute (if needed) and a wet sponge. Pack in four pounds of nurse bees. Add grafts and let sit overnight.
Day 5 Check your grafts: the bees should have started to draw out the cells and feed the larvae with royal jelly. If not, re-graft. Add 1:1 sw and ps if needed.
Day 8 Cull all cells that are capped (too early), those that are not 100% filled with RJ, or are misshapen or small.
Day 9 Queen cells are capped
Day 10 Sensitive developmental phase do not move cells and be very gentle when opening the hive
Day 11 Sensitive developmental phase do not move cells and be very gentle when opening the hive
Day 12 Sensitive developmental phase do not move cells and be very gentle when opening the hive
Day 13 Move the capped queen cells into mating nucs (Queen Castles)
Day 16 Queens hatch
Day 18 Discard any un-hatched cells
Day 21 Potential Mating Flights
Day 22 Potential Mating Flights
Day 23 Potential Mating Flights
Day 24 Potential Mating Flights
Day 25 Potential Mating Flights
Day 26 Potential Mating Flights
Day 37 Check Nuc for eggs/larvae