Yes there are 4 on a frame and I need one for a queenless split. I am guessing they are close to hatching.Could you just move the frame into a nuc? Or is there a bunch on a single frame that you want to get. If you had an idea of how far along they were it would be good. The closer to hatching the tougher the queen.
Yes, I've done it just using a sharp hive tool. There was a small pin hole where it was attached to the plastic, I just pinched it together and placed in mating nuc. It worked great. I will say, it was very new wax, and that older blacker wax with build up of pupa casings might make the process a little harder.Has anyone ever tried removing queen cells from plastic foundation? Is it possible to use something very small and sharp to scrape under the cell without damaging the queen (single edge razor blade?)?
Yep, all I used was a hive tool, I did it as a test to see if it could be done with just beekeeping tools at hand. I did 2 of them and they both worked great, gave me large virgin queens that mated and laid good patterns. I'd heard so many people say it could not be done, but didn't see why it couldn't be done so tried it out to see, and yes it worked out just fine. I suppose you could use a razor blade glass scraper, or whatever razor tool you'd like.Ray, are you saying that you scrapped the queen cell off the foundation with a sharp hive tool? I was wondering if that was possible with an exacto knife or razor blade that you could get as close to the plastic on the foundation.