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brilliant. i have been removing the attendants with a forceps and it is a pain, had no idea just blowing would get them out. thanks michael.
 

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Shoot, I asked a question about this in the cell builder thread. Why do you remove the attendants?
 

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Mike, you should add some specifics of why you are doing this in your truck with the windows rolled up.

I filmed you doing this several years ago (the video has made the rounds online). Soon after I was showing a friend how to do this, and of course I was showing off and did it outside on the porch.....by by queen. I hope the neighbors got a kick out of watching the two of us chase a queen around the yard...he had sharper eyes than me and found her on a nearby rose bush.

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I made the mistake of doing it outside myself once. Sure enough, one got away. I left the cage and the other queens where they were and a while later she was back, sitting on the cage.
 

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Shoot, I asked a question about this in the cell builder thread. Why do you remove the attendants?
If you are going to "bank them" they survive much better with no attendants.
 

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I had one disappear under the truck seat 30 years ago and she is still there. Of course, queens only cost about $6 each back then. You can tell Michael has handled a queen or two.
 

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I had one disappear under the truck seat 30 years ago and she is still there. Of course, queens only cost about $6 each back then. You can tell Michael has handled a queen or two.
Frank and I have something in common. There are a couple under my front seat too. But queens are cheaper now...Free! I raise my own. :)
 

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If you are going to "bank them" they survive much better with no attendants.
Thank you Jim, I didn't pick up on the fact that these were headed for the bank.
 

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Actually Mike feels they introduce better into nucs as well without attendants. I can accept that as well. Caged attendants dont have much longevity. To me the only purpose of attendants in a cage is transporting small numbers of queens where it isnt feasible to use a "battery box" with free roaming attendants.
 
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