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  1. Re: Help! Queenless hive and likely dead virgin queen

    I'm with oldtimer - I'd add the frame of brood but I'd make sure it had eggs and young larvae on it. If they build a queen cell on that frame then you know for sure they are queenless. If they...
  2. Re: Emergency Queen Cells from Mini Mating Nucs

    They will try to raise a queen but it won't be a good queen from what I have seen. I always wait until the mini nuc has capped worker cells before pulling the queen. That allows the nuc to expand...
  3. Sticky: Re: Beginner Queen Rearing using the Joseph Clemens Starter/Finisher

    Always graft from the darkest, blackest, oldest, brood comb with suitable larvae otherwise the chinese grafting tool may not 'turn the corner' at the bottom of the cell and will just penetrate the...
  4. Re: I had to have missed one! Please check my math.

    Don't know if this caused your problem but keep in mind that your cell builders have to be constructed like Fort Knox. You can't allow any opportunity for a just-mated virgin to enter your box. ...
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    Re: Will this approach work?

    I had an interesting experience the other day. I had made a split and put a queen cell into the split from which the nuc raised a queen. A month after the queen had started laying and was doing a...
  6. Re: Queen pheromone strips in mating nucs

    Yes, you can do it without the strips. But, you better move the mini-mating nucs miles away from their original hive or they won't stick. If you are keeping them in the same 'yard', put them in a...
  7. Re: What do you use to help see when grafting

    LED 'camping' headlamp that has an adjustable angle and wear quite strong (2.75) reading glasses from the drug store.
  8. Re: couple or three questions ive been pondering.

    Ditto for what AR Beek says.

    I often use day 5/6 cells in nucs. Other people have used cells that aren't even capped yet. Do not play around with day 7/8 cells. The queen's wing buds are...
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    Re: Hatching Queens into Mason Jars

    Sounds to me like it should work. My only advice is get the now empty queen cell out of the jar soon after she emerges. The queens have a habit of re-entering the queen cell, getting stuck, and...
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    Re: Mini-Mating Nuc Timing Question

    I have found that if you leave her in the mini-nuc for more than 2 weeks after she starts laying that they will have absconded.
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    Re: set up first Palmer style cell builder.

    So you take what was the top CB box off, give it a cell, and let it become a separate hive somewhere. Then you scavenge other hives to make up a box of emerging brood and you put that on top of the...
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    Re: set up first Palmer style cell builder.

    Michael - how do you re-establish the CB to use it again?
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    Re: Sequester queen for grafting

    You can put an empty frame into the breeder queen's box 6 days before grafting. The bees will clean the frame for a day or so and then the queen can lay in it and you'll have a lot of larvae the...
  14. Re: using bearding bees in a mini-mating nuc?

    Bdfarmer: Well my conclusion is the same as yours. It doesn't work very well. I did my usual of keeping them locked up in a cool dark place for three days but within a day of putting them outside...
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    Re: Running in virgins

    I have done it about 10 times and so far each time it has worked. Having said that, I hope the several I have going right now also work... I'm using the Mann Lake Mini-Nucs so very similar to...
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    Re: help with grafting from older comb

    With the Chinese tool, the older and darker the comb the better. The old comb is hard and that helps because: you slide down one side of the cell wall and when the flexible tip gets to the bottom of...
  17. Re: using bearding bees in a mini-mating nuc?

    Thanks Juhani, That's what I was thinking too.

    I keep the mini-nucs in a cool dark place for 3 days before letting them out. That seems to work fairly well although getting them from another...
  18. using bearding bees in a mini-mating nuc?

    It's hot here, 90F, I was feeling lazy, the bees are bearding, I needed 2 cups of bees for mini-mating Nucs, so I scooped 2 cups of bearding bees from a couple of hives and put them in the mating...
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    Re: JZBZ Queen Cell Cups and Roller Cages

    I use the 'Candy Cups and closures" that Mann Lake sells (QC-129) on the tops of the roller cages and carefully insert the queen cells into the candy cup. After they emerge, remove the queen cell...
  20. Re: Are these queen cells too small to work?

    I don't know why but when I graft into the nicot cells the wax part of the queen cells are smaller than if I graft into jzbz cells. The queens are always the same size and plenty big enough.
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    Re: Introducing cells or virgins

    Interesting! When I let virgins emerge in cages in the incubator I usually remove and toss the cell so the queens don't get trapped back in the cell and die. I wonder if it matters which cell goes...
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    Re: Introducing cells or virgins

    How are you putting the attendants into the roller cages? It would seem to me that due to the size of the opening in the roller cages that the attendants would be inclined to nail your thumb that's...
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    Re: Stung by Virgin Queen

    I'm still new at this queen thing. I have been grafting 12 cells every five days for the last 2 months or so. I remove cells at day 5 from the cell builder and put them in an incubator. I normally...
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    Stung by Virgin Queen

    I have read many a thread here suggesting that queens don't sting. Of course there are a few contrary threads that say they do but the vast majority say they have never been stung even after...
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    Re: Mann Lake mini-Nuc management

    mbc - I'll give it a try. I have 5 mini-nucs that I recently started on their first round so I'll try it out on them.

    Thanks
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