Harvesting cells a little early
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  1. #1
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    Default Harvesting cells a little early

    I grafted 5/12, going by the online calendar, they are capped today and I can harvest Monday 5/21. Due to rainy weather, i'm considering harvesting Sunday 5/20. How fragile will cells be at this point? Obviously will be careful regardless.

    Alternative, I can try to harvest Tuesday 5/22. Again according to calendar, queens can emerge 5/24. I've read if its warm, or if my larvae were a little older, they may emerge early. It has not been too warm, but I may have picked a few slightly larger larvae. How risky is it to harvest at this stage?

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    Default Re: Harvesting cells a little early

    IMHO, it would be better to move them a day early then to have one hatch early and destroy some or all of the rest. People move cells early all of the time to place into an incubator.

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    Default Re: Harvesting cells a little early

    do you have the roller cages that you can slip over the cells on Sunday?

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    Default Re: Harvesting cells a little early

    A day early is no big deal. Just be careful. Don't drop them.

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    Default Re: Harvesting cells a little early

    No hair roller cages unfortunately. Making a list of things for the next graft, and will pick some up for occasions like this.

    I was leaning more towards earlier rather than later, thanks for confirming everyone.

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    Default Re: Harvesting cells a little early

    I agree. Plant them on Sunday - for sure. This will be perfectly fine. Again, be gentle and keep them warm.
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    Default Re: Harvesting cells a little early

    I have moved queencells just after being capped or at any time between then and emergence. If they are being moved in the same apiary they are fine. One time I left it a little late as the queen was coming out as I removed the queencell. I have not (yet) left it so late that multiple queens have emerged before I got the them. I guess it will happen sooner or later!
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    Default Re: Harvesting cells a little early

    Just do it. One day isn't a big deal. In hot weather I would always do that.
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    Default Re: Harvesting cells a little early

    I've moved cells in the grafting frame, in a nuc box, in the bed of the truck three miles to the mating yard, over country roads, smack dab in the middle of the fragile stage, and 90% of them emerged and made great queens. It is not something I try to do on a regular basis, but busy schedules sometimes forces me into drastic measures.

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    Default Re: Harvesting cells a little early

    I waited an extra day one time. Hatched 2 out on the tailgate that I ran in to nucs I quickly made from my builder, another was chewing her way out in my cup holder as I drove to the next yard. Was a fun day.
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