I've done it once and it worked. Just be careful. I prefer to move a frame with only one or two cells. But I don't want to waste cells with three or more on a frame, so I remove them. I used a hive tool.Anyone ever have any luck cutting queen cells off of plastic comb?
What type of blade would you be using. I have a 2 speed cordless Drexel but don't know what cutting bit would be best...circular disc or burr style.You will definitely touch the RJ because it is part of the cell. On new wax these qcs are very soft so one false
move then it is all over. My idea is to use a handheld small electric grinder to cut the foundation off in a square shape.
Scrape off the excess comb of where you would like to make the cut will be easier for the rotatory blade to cut thru.
Try to cut out a wider piece before the virgin hatch after the critical development stage.
Then you can anchor the whole piece of plastic onto the frame with a screw and put inside the nuc hive. Try to make a
test cut first to see if you can handle it. Just go slow with the blade.
Do you cut right through the plastic foundation with this? Do you heat the metal to assist going through the plastic? What did you use to sharpen it...I have a grinder but it wouldn't work for a small circle.A sharpened, 1-inch diameter, metal tube works great, and damages less comb than the hive tool. A grafting spoon or a toothpick works to pry it off if it does not come off in the tube.
Same tool, only smaller diameter (1/2"), is used in the Cell-Punch Method of queen rearing for making the queen cells from 8- to 12-hour old larvae, but I don't use it on plastic comb.
Oh..so you don't cut right through the plastic foundation? Just down to it and then scrape off the cell? I would have thought one would cut right through the foundation so as not risk opening the cell.No, Just down to the plastic. You could warm it up a bit with a candle, but don't kill the queen in the cell....
Thanks...my hives came through winter but keeping Queens in some has been an issue the past 2 months.Sounds about right, and those pill bottles should make excellent hatching/incubator bottles. Good luck.
Not that unusual up North. One key to it is using a scale to weigh your hives in the late fall. A 2-deep box colony should weigh no less than 130 lbs. If it weighs less, it must be fed. If your area freezes, don't feel liquid syrup - use a fondant board inner cover. The issue could be enough food - especially if pollen stores are low, there will not be much brood. One thing is sure: no pollen = no brood. Pollen substitute patties are recommended....Is this unusual to have disappearing Queens in the spring?