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  1. #1
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    This is my second attempt at raising queens. The 1st attempt yielded 13 of 60 attempts. This time it's 25 of 30.

    Kinda excited!


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    Good looking queen cells what technique are you using?

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    I used a Nicot grid for "grafting", I can't see very well. I set up the starter/finisher as Michael Palmer describes in the National Honey Show video on Youtube.

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    Good job, DJ!
    I have exactly ONE more hive than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond dispute!

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    The more I learn about bees, the less I know.

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    That's darn good for only your second attempt - I'm jealous! Did you change anything based on your first experience that would explain the higher success rate?

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    The 1st time I tried grafting with a Chinese grafting tool. I knew right away it wasn't gonna work for me. I have very poor vision. This time I used the Nicot grid.

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    Congrats on your success ..
    I also just started a nicot system 6 days ago, and it looks like I may have 7 of 10 that took I'll know more in a couple of days as they draw out the cells...I used a nuc starter/finisher ala David LaFerney and this is my first try....Congrats again

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    Good job David! What are you going to do with all those queens? You are making me want to try to raise some. maybe next year!

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    Excellent!

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    Very nice DJ, glad to see you're success!
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    Congrats, i'm going to get my feet wet next year. G

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    Nice looking cells.

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    Mated and laying.

    She's kinda runny, is she just young yet?

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    Nice Good Job.
    Started 9/13, building slowly, not trying the no treatment anymore

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    Congrats, Well Done.

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    I inspected my starter/finisher colony that I used for this last batch of cells. It has 13 deep frames of capped brood. I guess the nurse bees have been busy.

    Unbelievable!

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    Congratulations, some good looking cells there!

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    How's that for a brood pattern?

    Very happy.


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    Nice big queen cells. Next time take some pics of your cell raising hives also and describe your method a bit more, you are obviously doing something right!

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