6-8 Queen cells on a med. frame

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  1. jb63

    jb63 New Member

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    queen cells 001.jpg queen cells 002.jpg queen cells 003.jpg queen cells 004.jpg I was thinking about making some queens out of this colony, but not right now.:shock:
     
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    a snip...
    but not right now

    tecumseh:
    by appearance and numbers these would appear to be swarm cells. in this case there is only now.
     

  3. jb63

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    Thanks for checking in tec. I value your oppinion. Can I transplant them in seperant nucs today?
     
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    whoa- that reminds me- I have to go check for QCs in my queenless hive today! :eek:
     
  5. PerryBee

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    I would look for the queen and use her and a few frames to make the nuc (unless this hive has already swarmed) You could transplant a few cells to make up another 1 or 2, don't use the one with the smushed (flattend) bottom, it's damaged.
     
  6. riverbee

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    'smushed' perry?:lol: like it!
    great pictures!

    btw, i don't think jb63 had far to look for the queen.......:grin:
     
  7. tecumseh

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    a snip..
    Can I transplant them in seperant nucs today?

    tecumseh:
    that is what I would do. the ones in picture 2 and 4 should be easy to harvest for transplanting. most time when I step into this kind of situation I like to find the queen and remove her as a small to medium size nuc and leave what remains to make queen cells. you can then split what remains into sizes that suits you optimally leaving 1 or 2 cells per split. fat splits plus just a little feed gives them a better chance of making something.

    this is what I call opportunistic queen rearing. the very best hives you have boomed and thrived so why not replicate as much of that blood line as possible?
     
  8. PerryBee

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    tecumseh said: "This is what I call opportunistic queen rearing".

    Now only our tecumseh could come with such professional terminology for swarming! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
     
  9. riverbee

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    perry,
    not only that, but tecumseh makes me think 'outside the box' (sort of sometimes stuck in the way i learned) and expands my 'encyclopedia' of knowledge for dividing hives, and utilizing queen cells. the best queens are from your own stock.
    did anyone spot the queen in these pix?

    thanks tecumseh
     
  10. jb63

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    Well I took them up to my inlaws and put the two biggest ones into a nuc that was struggeling to make emergency cells.When I opened the nuc to harvest the cells they had all hatched except for the two big ones I wanted.So it worked out I guess.I have masking tape over the door of the nuc with the hatched queens in them.It cooled off and is windy till fri or sat,and they have a frame feeder and some honey in there too.They are back at my house,maybe fri I'll open the door and let her fly.
     
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    jb63, okay, i give, why do you have masking tape "over the door of the nuc"?
     
  12. jb63

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    Cause it's windy and cool and I don't want robbers or interlopers going in till they have some good flying weather.
     
  13. tecumseh

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    well thanks for the compliments folks (it was that right???).

    actually Perry the idea is to take this opportunity of multiple cells, utilize these to the best of your ability and NOT have a swarming situation. it does not require the skills of grafting or manipulation and mother nature has made the decision as to which hive to use as the queen mother <which for me is a very time consuming decision just by itself.
     
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    [​IMG] I caged the one on the left.
     
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    I know you said the one on the left ..
    thoQueensonaframe.jpg

    I am nsure the red is a queen but is the green a queen too
     
  16. jb63

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    Medic, the red one is a queen look just below the green.See the big black dot, that's a queen.In this pic look at the 2012 and 1841.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Ok .. I saw the one with the wigs open .. I thought it was a drone... Its all a learning game for me...
     
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    It would bee a lot easier if they would just hold still and quit moving around.
     
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    Neat to see two queens that close together (and behaving) Looks like you caged a virgin and left the old girl?
     
  20. jb63

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    It's the other way around.The black striper got caged.