Royal Jelly collection and double grafting
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    Default Royal Jelly collection and double grafting

    2 (not entirely unrelated) questions.

    How do you collect royal jelly - I'm thinking suck it out with a syringe maybe? Third day after grafting?

    I'm considering giving double grafting a try. Only 24 hours after grafting there is already a significant amount of the wax queen cell built onto the JZBZ cups I am using. When you double graft do you leave that or not?

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    On the royal jelly, anytime I am in a hive that is making queen cells, and i do not want the cells or queens, or some of them, I collect the royal jelly when tearing down the cells. I take a Chinese grafting tool and just scoop it out. It is amazing how much you can get out of a few cells. Works great for priming. Keep in fridge or freezer. It will dry out so keep it sealed tight in a small container.

    Not sure on the double grafting, but was just getting to that part in Contemporary Queen Rearing.

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    Back when I bothered with it, I used a small spatula.
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    We have some specially designed syringes for it. David, want me to mail you one to play with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrussell6870 View Post
    We have some specially designed syringes for it. David, want me to mail you one to play with?
    That would be excellent - I have a small queen order pending with you that you could just send it with. Thanks!

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