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  1. #1
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    A swarm that I captured this year that turned very aggressive. I finally had enough of getting tore up every time I popped the lid. After dispatching the queen I had a lot of nurse bees and brood looking for a job, so I hastily through in a graft and gave a quart of sugar water. Of the 15 grafts, 11 took and turned out pretty good. Of course working the cell builder is still a hassle (ouch), but at least they paid something back. Here are a few of the cells, not the best, but will do. I could probably get another round out of this builder without any trouble - of course, other than a few stings....


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  2. #2
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    Default Re: unexpected success

    They did a great job for you with nice looking cells and cups plum full of royal jelly. Congats!
    Beekeeper? Shoot, my bees keep me!
    100 hives in Western Wa State

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    Default Re: unexpected success

    Looks great. What were the grafts taken from??

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    Default Re: unexpected success

    Two different sources: Harbo 2014 VSH breeder and a 2nd gen VSH. The later is the "slow starter" I referenced here and on the VSHbreeder site and are the ones you can see in the green cups above. The Harbo cells came out nice too, but had fewer takes.
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    Default Re: unexpected success

    I would be absolutely thrilled to get cells like that!
    Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06

  6. #6
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    Default Re: unexpected success

    Very nice looking cells.....One question. Seeing how the end caps look like they are within 3 days of hatch I'm wondering why there is so much RJ in the tops of those cups. ???

    When I see full ones like this they get candled very carefully as ours with this much RJ left on top often are suspect at best!!!

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    Default Re: unexpected success

    Quote Originally Posted by Honey-4-All View Post
    Seeing how the end caps look like they are within 3 days of hatch I'm wondering why there is so much RJ in the tops of those cups. ???
    These are scheduled to emerge on Tuesday afternoon. I appreciate the feedback. I'll try to give follow-up post on what I find.

    BTW, I did prime these cells with RJ that came from the CB just prior to placing the cells. As I mentioned this was queenright, but I killed her 4 days prior to the graft. They had many queen cells started. I cut out all cells and took the RJ and primed my cups. I generally don't prime cups, but wanted to try something different this round. We'll see....
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