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  1. Generally grafted cells are started under queenless conditions and are therefore at least started under emergency conditions. Cells raised totally under emergency conditions are typically capped about a day earlier than those raised under superceedure / swarm conditions snd are theirfor not fed as much and don't develop as fully as queens. This is why most cell raising systems change to a queen right superceedure condition soon after the cells are started.
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  2. They are not always but supersedure cells are often huge. I do find that cells raised during swarm season tend to be bigger than those in the autumn but as long as they still have some royal jelly left in the bottom then they are big enough. I suspect that the cells I raise are a hybrid between emergency response and swarming because my cell raises are both queenless and highly populated.
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  3. Sucks that there's still AFB, if only people did their jobs
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  4. Ahh looks like rookie mistake with the protectors,thats kool...note taken,only necessary when adding cells to queenright hives. A bit better planning on my part as far as where hives n mate nucs are going to be located, the use of single mate nucs instead of double ended ones and maybe even purchase a small cell carrier (ChrisM model) and i may increase my queen hatching success! Thanks whanau for your wisdom..time to start planning next graft!
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  5. Hey Phil, I’ve been watching your Queen journey this season. Good on you! We use a short length about 3-4 cm of garden irrigation pipe (left over from when I had time to garden cheap in a coil from the warehouse or Bunnings) when we put cells into queened hives. They have a bit of room & usually there a bit of wax to keep them secure or i mould some around to hold the pipe on. We don’t put protected cells in nucs.
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  6. Thanks so much for your stories @Nick Wallingford. I really enjoy reading them.
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  7. Melissa Ewings has not been seen since Sunday, September 20 in the Clarence Valley. The physical search for missing Marlborough beekeeper Melissa Ewings has been scaled back – but police say a wider probe is ongoing. Melissa Ewings, 31, has now been missing for nine days in spite of a massive search and rescue operation. Her worried family have mounting fears for her safety and say it's out of character for the keen adventurer not to keep in touch with family. Ewings lived alone in a rented house at Clarence, 60km north of Kaikoura. She was last seen just
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