havent tried priming the cells but if your cell starter is strong enough the nurse bees will produce PLENTY of royal jelly.Just finished reading Queen Rearing Essentials, great book by the way. I was wondering if anyone here has primed the cell cups with purchased royal jelly like it has mentioned in this book. If so where do you purchase the royal jelly?
For the same reasons mentioned by others I would not use bought in royal jelly, we collect it from our own colonies during the season and store it in eppendorf tubes in the freezer.I was wondering if anyone here has primed the cell cups with purchased royal jelly like it has mentioned in this book. If so where do you purchase the royal jelly?
Seems like the definition of "priming" in the above needs to be defined. Even the Chinese tools deposit RJ, so would this be considered a detriment? The other side of the spectrum would be a totally dry graft (zero RJ) and just the larvae. Never tried that, but I suspect that they would be much harder to mange as they may dry out too quickly and be rejected. The approach that I posted above uses a tiny spot of RJ just to assist removing the larvae from the tool and is about the same amount as the Chinese tool deposits."We used to prime our cells with bee milk but, after careful examination, believe it was a detriment, for the first thing the bees do is to remove all the milk we had put in."
You get better results by using larvae from the same age for grafting. Bees first tend to nurse the older larvae and dismiss the younger larvae. Until about 12 hours later. If the bees see there are more than enough new queen cells, they nurse the younger larvae only and eat up ALL older larvae.in hopes it might increase my cell success ratio.
I don’t agree with collecting royal jelly from hives and selling it. The honey bees are capable of doing what is necessary for rearing queens for those who do this. To me, and I am doing a comparison not anthropomorphizing the honey bee to humans, it’s like employing a crew of women who are lactating and pumping them to sell their baby milk. I realize that bees are animals but I couldnt come up with another comparison. DebJust curious - why do you think doing this is 'wrong' ?