Re: cutting out queen cells
I use a very sharp one sided small razor blade to cut out these cells. And then put
one cell in a small jar with small holes on the lid. I got 10 of these jars for free everyday.
Once the cells hatched I can select the virgin queen to put in the mating nuc made ahead of time.
When you select the cells to cut out take the longest and fattest at the bottom not the short small one.
Cut deep into the comb to remove the cell. If you see some RJ at the end sticking out then you have to
use a lighter and a strip of wax to seal the cell back up. If not then they will tear down the cell and eat all the
RJ and the developing queen larva too. So make sure no RJ is exposed from the cell. You have to choose which
cell to keep when they are sticking together. I always go for the fat at the bottom and longest ones.
Ice chest of small jars and cell in a jar:
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?