Introducing Queen Cells - Advice on Best Practices?
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    Question Introducing Queen Cells - Advice on Best Practices?

    It seems that the only way I can get bees imported to Nova Scotia (even from within Canada) is in the form of a capped queen cell. I have contacted a breeder willing to ship queen cells, but I wanted input from the general populace on how best to introduce the cells for the highest probability of acceptance.

    What is your experience? How do you advise handling the procedure from pre-preparation, to receipt of the package, to introduction?

    Thanks,

    Adam

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    Default Re: Introducing Queen Cells - Advice on Best Practices?

    I may not be actually answering what you're asking...

    I place sealed queen cells in hives and nucs all the time. I simply push the cell securely into a frame of mostly sealed brood. Have never had a problem. I've also pushed them into frames with just eggs and even not an egg in the box. All were accepted well.

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    Default Re: Introducing Queen Cells - Advice on Best Practices?

    Yeah, that's what I'm asking. Thanks riverhawk.

    Just how to have the best odds of acceptance with a queen cell. I wonder if anyone advocates caging it, or just sticking it to the comb... Just whatever people find most successful.

    If I'm shipping in queen cells - I really don't want to lose them.

    Adam

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    Default Re: Introducing Queen Cells - Advice on Best Practices?

    I think you'll want to make sure the hive you are giving the cell to doesn't already have a queen - laying or virgin.

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    Default Re: Introducing Queen Cells - Advice on Best Practices?

    We do all our splits and requeening with cells. Nothing remarkable about it. We use the JZsBZs cell protectors (orange ones) and simply hang the cell between 2 frames of brood. There is also a push-in protector that you push into the brood comb. Have everything ready and get them installed quickly as you'll most likely get them on the day of emergence or one day prior to emergence, and they don't wait on you to get ready; they'll emerge wherever they happen to be!

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    Default Re: Introducing Queen Cells - Advice on Best Practices?

    I use the JZBZ push in cell protectors. Have a couple of dozen of em in my toolbox. Drop cell in and stick it into the middle of the busiest part of broodnest.
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    Default Re: Introducing Queen Cells - Advice on Best Practices?

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Foster Collins View Post
    Just how to have the best odds of acceptance with a queen cell. Adam
    4-5 frames of bees, 3 frames of brood, queenless for two days, gallon of syrup & sub when panting cells. good luck.
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    Default Re: Introducing Queen Cells - Advice on Best Practices?

    Quote Originally Posted by fish_stix View Post
    We do all our splits and requeening with cells.
    The same procedure for requeening? Do you plant in the broodnest or in a super?

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    Default Re: Introducing Queen Cells - Advice on Best Practices?

    Not meaning to hijack the thread, but do they make push in cell protectors for swarm and supercedure cells on frames, that allows them to hatch and not kill each other?

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    Default Re: Introducing Queen Cells - Advice on Best Practices?

    Keith and Fish Stix...

    Do you keep data on queen acceptance using the above and if so what is your acceptance?

    Keith, I also think you combine the planting with a mite treatment of "3 paper towels" worth of 90% FA. Does that prompt you to wait the three days?

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