Re: Introducting a Queen Cell - Do you have to wait?
many thanks to all who have contributed.
i feel like i am a little late in the season to try grafting and making up nucs, but with the late spring here, getting busy with catching and hiving swarms, and now the honey extracting has pushed me later into the season than i wanted to be.
our flow is trickling down as evidenced by not much foraging going on and more bees bearding on the fronts of the hives. also, i don't think i'm seeing as many drones as i did earlier in the season.
but i wanted to get my hands wet with grafting and have plenty of extra bees with the caught swarms so i decided to give it a shot mostly for the experience and to see what happens. i have a back up plan for queens if needed.
my other mistake was timing day 10 on a work day, so it will be day 11 (the 4th of july) when i pull the cells. i have some roller cages that i could put on on prior to that if ya'll think that would be a good idea.
my plan is to look at the cell frame tomorrow (day 5) and see how many good cells are there, and look over the six remaining caught swarm hives and see how many frames of bees i have all together. i have 13 more empty nuc boxes ready which should be about right.
what i was thinking about doing was pulling three frames of bees and the queen from each of the swarm hives and making nucs with them, and then dividing up the rest of the bees three or four frames to each of the seven remaining nuc boxes.
this will use up seven of my queen cells, maybe leaving me probably seven more. i might use a couple of them to try and requeen weaker hives in my production yard.
any remaining cells i thought i would let hatch out and bank them in the yard for a week, and check the mating nucs to see if they might need one of those virgins.
i won't try another round this year, and any of the nucs that don't get a laying queen could get a purchased queen or get combined back to a queen right hive.
i am open to suggestions on this plan and thanks again for the feedback.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf