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Offline Dunkel

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Swarm cells
« on: April 19, 2016, 09:05:19 pm »
Well I went through most this weekend.  Queen cells and cups with eggs in four and queen cells in four.  I made up four more nucs with capped cells and was able to find the queen in one and took her.  I couldn't find the queen in most of them.  I went through them methodically, but I guess she was slimmed down and hard to find.

I was able to graft from the queen I liked so much.  I guess last round for her since queen cells were there and she wasn't to be found.  She was playing out but I was able to get about ten started from the larva from that frame.  I will check again in a few days in the finisher.

Lubrou,  I haven't had a chance to try the artificial swarm but I plan to.  Just too many in the wrong place so far.  Probably a few candidates this week end though.  It made me realize that I need to spread out the way I place hives in the future.

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Re: Swarm cells
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2016, 10:05:34 pm »
Good luck with that artificial swarm Dunkel, and your splits too!  Don't feel like the Lone Ranger, my best queen disappeared two weeks ago, but I didn't get any grafts from her, just a few (emergency) queen cells.
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Re: Swarm cells
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2016, 01:14:36 pm »
My cell builder must of had a rouge virgin queen in it.  All gone.  Probably a good thing I would have had to rob everything to have made them up.  I'll take better care of the swarm cells there making. :)