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Hey guys i am looking into doing a DIY project and making a incubator to raise my queen cells to hatching.

Wanting to grab some feed back and advice on making it from those that have made one in the past.

What you would recommend better then other things and your successful outcomes.

 

StephQBee

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Hiya. If you type "incubator" in the search box top right you'll get quite a few hits....😉

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We have a very natural incubator.   It's a queen right double brood box hive  with the queen confined to the bottom box. The second box has two or three frames of brood, and the cells sit there until day ten ..... when they go out.

When the cells are capped in the finisher hives, they go into the incubator.

When the cells are looked at the morning after grafting, the frame carrying the bars is marked with a date  ..... grafting day plus nine.  

That is the date they need to go into a future life.

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@yesbut Yeah i have read a few thing on the incubators in the search bar. 

 

@jamesc yeah that is exactly what i do i have been rearing queens for 7 years. I am just trying to make ot a bit eariler on myself so i dont have to keep coming back to site to take them out on day 10. And i want to try putting virgins in instead of cells. Been having so really good success rates with my virgins.  

Thats why i am really looking into making one to sit in the office and monitored to make sure 100% hatches on my cells

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Did you come up with anything @StephQbee? I’m often thinking about making an incubator for the same convenience as you. I’ll probably get an old bar fridge to adapt and add a thermostat, lightbulb, fan and water. I have read that bottles of water sitting in the bottom help keep the temperature consistent. 

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1 hour ago, CHCHPaul said:

Did you come up with anything @StephQbee? I’m often thinking about making an incubator for the same convenience as you. I’ll probably get an old bar fridge to adapt and add a thermostat, lightbulb, fan and water. I have read that bottles of water sitting in the bottom help keep the temperature consistent. 

 

The ones I have seen inside have an open container with water in to keep the humidity high enough.

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41 minutes ago, Sailabee said:

 

The ones I have seen inside have an open container with water in to keep the humidity high enough.

I go for 60% humidity in a fridge incubator cupboard

Contact your friend in Ashbuton who can give you all the gen on fridge incubators. 

 

I suggest you put the light bulbs on the bottom shelf, not the top. 

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@Maggie James have you ever used two day old cells in mini mating nucs?

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Hi CraBee - No.  Because I am unsure  that would not work in my environment.  However, if you are getting mild weather and your poly is strong they could well work.  I take the feeders out of my polys at this time of the year and add another couple of frames.  I have found Two day old cells are good for in splits or in nucs in emergency.  At this time of the year, I have used Day 7 cells in polys with no prob.  If you are using two day old cells in your mating nucs, you need to bare in mind that they are going to be drawn out under emergency response. 

 

I guess if you had a queen right hive with the queen in the bottom box, separated by a queen excluder, they will be drawn out under supersedure response.  But if you leave the colonies like this, the workers of one colony will eventually kill the queen of the other. 

 

I hope this helps.  Cheers

Send me an email if you want more info or a chat.  Tomorrow out of the equation - have a funeral

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