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Grafting Queens


Graft queen cells on a horrible cold day.
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Done heaps like this, its probably the best way overall. I use a sheet over the windshield to block out the glare/ heat, and make it easier to see the grubs.

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That's good to know [USER=2699]@Philbee[/USER]. The first time around I did it in the shed at a bench. Today was too miserable to risk having the grubs out of the hive any longer than necessary. [USER=278]@Daley[/USER] put up a photo a while back which gave me the idea.

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Ah it is the Rob Stockley who use to be my neighbour :) I like the setup, I am going to have to give this a go in the near future. Do you prep the queen cells in anyway, or just place the egg straight in? Looking good mate!

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Could be [USER=2465]@bryce[/USER], could be. The cells were in the starter 24 hrs before grafting. Other than that no prep. Just try to get as much royal jelly as I can with each grub.

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[USER=2465]@bryce[/USER] use the cab heater to keep the cab warm. If its dry I put a very wet towell on the Dash to maintain humidity

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[USER=2597]@Rob Stockley[/USER] So in the 24 hours, did the bees actually do much in the way of cell prep? Slight wax layer? Merely curious regarding their efficiency now.

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[USER=2699]@Philbee[/USER] Thanks for the idea, I think I might have overlooked the humidity part and there is no way I want to have angry bees dancing around me in an enclosed space :)

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[USER=2465]@bryce[/USER] they clean them up and walk on them so they smell like the rest of the hive. The bees on the frame I'm working are nurse bees. It takes a lot to make them angry hence no veil in the enclosed space.

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thanks for the photo we have just moved our cell building yard, which took away the privlage of grafting basicly at the kitchen table, spoilt we where, anyway now we have been looking at the next idea built a steering wheel grafting table yesterday, yet to here from our drafting lady how she went.

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