Sequester queen for grafting
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  1. #1
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    Default Sequester queen for grafting

    How do you contain the queen on a frame for correct age larvae to graft? Thanks, Tony

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    Default Re: Sequester queen for grafting

    most people that graft, don't. You learn how to "read" the age of the larvae in the comb that you pull out. You find the eggs that are still standing up in the cell and then look to the edge of that patch for the newly hatched larvae to graft.

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    Default Re: Sequester queen for grafting

    You can put an empty frame into the breeder queen's box 6 days before grafting. The bees will clean the frame for a day or so and then the queen can lay in it and you'll have a lot of larvae the right age - but you still have to choose the right ones. Sometimes on a flow they will just fill your empty frame with nectar so it needs to be one of the few places for the queen to lay. But, on a small scale, adding the empty frame is just extra work. For me, it is easier to just hunt for the larvae I want in the breeder queen's box.

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    Default Re: Sequester queen for grafting

    I bet if you looked on you tube for a queen rearing timing box, you would get a good tutorial. I have seen them by fat bee man and I think Michael Palmer did one too.

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    >How do you contain the queen on a frame for correct age larvae to graft?

    I don't. I do have the queen in one eight frame medium box enclosed by queen excluders above and below so I know what box she is in and I just find the right age larvae. But if you want to confine her, a push in cage of #5 hardware cloth works.

    http://bushfarms.com/images/QueenConfinement5.jpg
    http://bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearing.htm#hopkinsmethod
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Default Re: Sequester queen for grafting

    Thanks everyone! Sound like I just need to buckle down and look harder.

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    Default Re: Sequester queen for grafting

    Quote Originally Posted by Gazelle View Post
    Thanks everyone! Sound like I just need to buckle down and look harder.
    It's right here on Beesource Old Timer and Michael Palmer have posted it many times, with pictures.
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