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    Default 2017 Queen rearing.

    After a failed attempt at queen rearing last year, I am trying again.. Using
    cellpunching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGbbAsAuNOw

    and a cloake board Cloake board queen rearing - The Apiarist

    My eyesight is poor, my coordination is not very good (I'm just a doddery old man ) but attempt 1 this year looks ok..
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    Congratulations!

    I have only a few hives so splits fill my needs. I've only done it a few times but it works well.

    Are you intending to sell queens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DWSmith View Post
    Congratulations!

    I have only a few hives so splits fill my needs. I've only done it a few times but it works well.

    Are you intending to sell queens?
    Not really I'll raise enough to requeen the hives I want to +4 nucs +a few spares..

    But if I am more successful, I might sell a few.
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    Quick update:
    5 Queen cells placed in mini nucs yesterday.. About a 30% success rate - out of practise.

    Try 2 starts next week..
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    Please keep us updated! This stuff is interesting to me.
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    Quick update. Of the 5 queens that were placed in mini nucs only 1 emerged, A quick post mortem showed the queens immature and dead in cells.
    The cells were covered in brace comb so I had to cut them out. I assume the handling killed them - they are vulnerable.. (This was day 12 out of 16 before emergence.)
    So next time I will place in mini nucs on day 14 - some risk of early emerging virgin killing others - but queens will be better formed.
    Edit: and I have bought a pair of very sharp non stick scissors to ensure cutting out is less stressful
    http://tinyurl.com/lylh9us

    Next batch underway.
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    Status update:
    Queens raised and mated successfully:11
    Queens raised waiting mating in mating nucs: 6

    About to raise next batch.. should be mated by September.
    Commercial cost of 17 queens about 500. Actual investment in kit less than 100.


    Pictures of mating nucs:
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    Last batch started and weather was horrible. Rain nearly every day. I was feeding the starter colony with sugar solution and pollen substitute but only 2 QCs out of 8 have been raised. Picture of the hive (Jumbo Langstroth) which is raising them:

    From the bottom:
    Hive brood box.
    Cloake board (used to make the top box queenless for a day so they will start Queen Cells)
    Upper brood box where QCs are raised
    2 supers.

    Picture of Qcs with and without nurse bees- Should be capped 11th August and emerge 19th August.
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