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Turns out when people say to move cells out of the cell builder 10 days after the grafting day, this means add 9 - not 10 - to the current date. As in, day 1 is graft day. And Day 10 is 9 days later.

Just thought I would share my improved math skills for anyone who may be starting out. :) I guess everybody has to have that experience sometime.

Interesting note - I saw 2 newly-emerged queens, on combs close to the cell bar. They moved slowly, and were fat. So I actually picked one up to put her in the mating nuc I was setting up! The other got moved with her comb. Sadly, there were 3 more who disappeared into the cell builder. Could be worse - still had 4 queen cells intact. 6 out of 11 is better than no queens in the mating nucs!
 

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Turns out when people say to move cells out of the cell builder 10 days after the grafting day, this means add 9 - not 10 - to the current date. As in, day 1 is graft day. And Day 10 is 9 days later.

Just thought I would share my improved math skills for anyone who may be starting out. :) I guess everybody has to have that experience sometime.

Interesting note - I saw 2 newly-emerged queens, on combs close to the cell bar. They moved slowly, and were fat. So I actually picked one up to put her in the mating nuc I was setting up! The other got moved with her comb. Sadly, there were 3 more who disappeared into the cell builder. Could be worse - still had 4 queen cells intact. 6 out of 11 is better than no queens in the mating nucs!
No, you are wrong. If your larvae has been of proper age, then it goes like this:

day1= grafting day (lets say it is friday)
day2= next day (saturday)

day11= take cells to mating nucs (monday)



or the same with other day numbers:
day0= grafting day

day10= take cells to mating nucs
 

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We pull cells no later than 240 hours after grafting (I personally refer to them as 10 day cells) and 95%+ will hold overnight in incubation. If they hatch sooner than 240 hours, then you’re grafting larvae that is more mature than is ideal for quality queens.
 
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