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  1. #1
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    Default Raising a Few Queens

    I have been raising a few queens this year. I have tried grafting several times without success. I tried grafting again 4 days ago. I just checked my starter hive and no luck with the grafting again, but I backed myself up with a frame of brood from my favorite hive, and it has 8 queen cups, all with larvae inside. I guess I'll just have to stick with emergency cells. I have raised about 20 queens this year all with emergency cells and contrary to what I've been told, they are big healthy queens and most are laying just fine. I no longer buy the tale that emergency queens are inferior. Besides, it looks like if this old man is going to raise queens, it is going to have to be something other than grafting.

    When I try to graft I tear down the cell walls, and have trouble getting under the larvae. I guess I shake to much and see to little. Anyway, if there is anyone else out there that raises queens but does it by some other method other than grafting, I would like to hear about it. Or if you believe using emergency cells is perfectly fine for quality queens I would like to hear that, too. All the local beeks keep telling me all the down falls of using emergency cells for queen rearing so I've already heard all of that side!

  2. #2
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    Tucson, Arizona, USA
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    Default Re: Raising a Few Queens

    I've heard of several methods of queen raising without grafting. Nicot is one such system, there are several other similar systems. There are also methods that require no special apparatus, but also produce queen cells without grafting.

    Once queen cell cups contain eggs or larvae, they have been promoted to queen cells, no longer are they queen cell cups.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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  3. #3
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    Mar 2013
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    Clinton County, IN, USA
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    Default Re: Raising a Few Queens

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y64cKn4rLNM

    FatBeeMan with a simple way to do it, and still be able to cut out capped cells easier than emergency cells

  4. #4
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    Sep 2010
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    Arlington, OH, USA
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    Default Re: Raising a Few Queens

    There are many good books out there, and they are worth their weight in gold. The one by Dr. Larry Connor is the one I would recommend to start with. My suggestion is don't give up. I took a queen rearing class from Larry this spring. Once you find the in and outs, it becomes easier, just time consuming. Make sure your starter is flooded with nurse bees. Have a frame of pollen on one side, and open honey/nectar on the other. Make sure there is no other fresh hatched larvae on the frames. Keep your cell frame in the starter for 24 to 36 hours is all. 24 is usually plenty. Then place the frame in a finisher. You can cheat with some success by putting the queen in the lower box of a queen right colony, with a queen excluder. Grafting is one of the most satisfying tasks in the bee yard. If you need some more help, message me and I will help you along.

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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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