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  1. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    hey! a new video on acquiring grafting materials an easier way! https://youtu.be/A7DMxZvakHk
  2. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Just wondering if some experienced queen breeders could use this thread to post some basic info for us noobs. maybe post some photos etc about how you go about the business. Preparation Setting up cell builders, etc. Best way to collect larvae Photos of your grafting setup. Timetables Anything...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    My larvae are not floating in royal jelly. Quite dry. Hive is humming along well, but I want to try grafting and the larvae come out stuck to the grafting tool. I have watched many grafting videos and none were as dry as mine. They have sugar water and they are storing nectar and a little...
  4. Beekeeping Meetings and Classes
    The Hampton Roads Beekeepers will be hosting a seminar in January to train the backyard beekeeper in how to graft larvae into JZBZ cell cups and set up mating nucs. The seminar will be taught by Dr. Sean Kenny, an active contributor to the Beesource forums. This intermediate seminar is for the...
  5. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hi, I typically graft from larva I find in hives, I'm not too bad at finding the right age but sorting through full hives is a bit of a rigmarole. This year I'm going to experiment with timing boxes. I'll be putting a queen with empty frames above a queen excluder in a six-frame double nuc...
  6. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I was setting up Cloake boards on 4 of my hives for some grafts, as well as some nicot cells this Wednesday. I went into the 4th hive, and full of swarm cells. all my hives that have natural comb have been making plenty of drones. My issue is the robbing. On my spring queens, the issue was...
  7. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I've been thinking about grafted cells above a queen excluder that are in a queen right hive, would they induce the bees to swarm. Wouldn't the presence of these cells in the hive make the bees think they are ready to swarm? Or is there more going on with the bees that they need to do before...
  8. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I've been doing a bit of grafting this year (and last) with varying degrees of success. I have been trying to come up with a list of variables to try and figure out what things might be causing me to have high failure rates. 1. Bad cups (homemade wax cups) (have some plastic now so probably...
  9. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I took a grafting class and the instructor (whom I feel is very capable) pointed out to me that I was grabbing eggs, not larvae and that I should stick with larvae. Now don't get me wrong, I totally trust the instructor, but I'm just curious as to what exactly happens to the egg that makes it...
  10. Bee Forum
    Can I graft into nicot cups? For the sake of using hair roller cages to capture emerging queens and or using them in incubator?
  11. Bee Forum
    I was planning to start grafting next year but then decided to give it a try this year. But I don't have those plastic queen cups or a grafting tool. Is it possible to make cups with wax? Also I have seen that you could graft with a tooth pick. What should I use for a grafting tool? I am not...
  12. Photo/Video Gallery
    I was invited to Laughlands, St. Ann, Jamaica to teach current beekeeping practices and queen rearing. Laughland is centered on the North coast. http://www.fallingrain.com/world/JM/09/Laughlands.html William Masterton met me at the Montego Bay airport for the drive to the farm. Wednesday, the...
  13. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I've been schooled that the best larvae to make into queens are those larvae that are 24 to 36-hours old. As I use my Nicot system, those young larvae are clearly fed royal jelly, but it also seems the royal jelly is fed well into the third day (48 to 72 hours). If one difference between good...
  14. Coffee Klatch
    I'm interested in hearing about some of your experiences with grafting and growing apple trees. For now I'm most interested in the selection and use of rootstock and scions. I'd also like to know what books you might recommend on the subject.
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