A bit of a rehash of another post I made in the queen breed section, but I feel it has very valuable implications to TF keepers and solving what I feel is a major pitfall in the movement, the lack of availability of local/regional resistant genetics…
So the back story here is now that I have my numbers up, I am moving toward grafting to replace the majority of my queens with more resistant ones(not just mites, I have some chalk and EFB issues as well), My 1st attempt at grafting was poor… checking the grafts 48hours later 2 out of 9 took (#10 fell off the grafting bar, lol)
So of course I want to regraft, but what to do with the 2 that were started… I would hate to “waist” them (in hind sight what am I wasting… 2 days of starter/finisher time? Not much realy) I recalled someone at one point talking about using unsealed queen cells susfully. So in a spur of the moment move I broke up an nuc that just didn’t seem to be growing out well and placed the cells in to what on later inspection looks to be weaker than intended 2-3 comb mating nucs….
Picture below- grafted 5/5 placed 5/7 picture taken 5/9
Not too shabby, so I decided to look in to what was out there on the subject of 2 day cells, There is more then I would have thought, coming from some very respected beekeepers
Seems they are used in NZ over ruff roads as they are less susceptible to transport damage
John Kefuss has been shipping them
Larry Connor learned about them from Kefuss and started using them…. Even putting them (with no bees or heat) in his carry on luggage, and using them in his grafting classes so people can take their grafts home. He feels a 2 frame nuc is fine to finish the single cell and this is a powerful tool to distube genetics http://www.wicwas.com/sites/default/...ABJ2010-10.pdf
Localy here on BS we see
The idea of grafting on a Friday after work, then on Sunday tradeing/selling/swapping/buying cells over lunch at a group meeting, then coming home and placing the cells directly in to mating nucs on Sunday evening is an extremely exciting prospect.
As is the ability to for very few people to cheaply/easily distribute better genetics in there area to those who started with commercial stock.
Does anyone have info on Kefuss’ shiping methods?