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Has anyone tried to put a roller type queen cage on queen cells built on frames? Or any other ideas to cage these cells. I have a hive with lots of queen cells on one frame and another hive queenless, so I was wondering about trying to cage some of the cells to get another queen. They are due to hatch today or tomorrow.

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Can you just put the frame with cells into the queenless hive ?? 

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46 minutes ago, nikki watts said:

Can you just put the frame with cells into the queenless hive ?? 

I'm pretty sure the queenless hive will tear them down if they're not protected 

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27 minutes ago, M4tt said:

I'm pretty sure the queenless hive will tear them down if they're not protected 

Depends how long they've been queenless. If they've been queenless for a long time then yes, it is difficult to get them to accept a new one. If they haven't been queenless for very long it should work just fine. I make lots of splits this time of year and dequeen nucs in mating yards. All of these get unprotected cells a day or two later and almost all are accepted.

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Thanks that's great. I will give it a go today.

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