Reclaim Plastic Queen Cups

Reclaim Plastic Queen Cups

The Idea Want to reclaim and reuse those plastic queen cups? It’s easy. Just use melted beeswax as a cleaning solvent. The Details You’ll need: clean, pesticide free beeswax a pot to melt the beeswax in a strainer that fits freely inside the pot a clean working surface The beeswax must be as uncontaminated as possible. And that includes any beekeeping miticides, like fulvalinate, and especially […]

Joe Waggle’s Crayon

Joe Waggle’s Crayon

Pondering trapping swarms and swarm boxes, I remember a neat idea Joe Waggle once proposed. He incorporated lemon grass essential oil into melted beeswax. And then poured it into a suitable mold. Let it harden. And had a ready source of swarm box attractant. Rubbing it in, on and around a swarm box, increased a swarm box’s attractiveness. A beeswax crayon isn’t as fragile or […]

Two Day Old Cells

Two Day Old Cells

The Idea Larry Connor, in the January 2009 American Bee Journal, page 53, writes about French beekeepers using two day old queen cells, instead of sealed cells. They modified this technique which is used by eastern European beekeepers. Two day old cells are: easier/cheaper to produce more robust quickly accepted or rejected The Details Before leaving my queen business in 2000, I did a little […]

Hand Fertilization

Hand Fertilization

The Idea Below is a copy of some correspondence between Michael Haberl and I concerning hand fertilization. I’ve never tried it. But it’s an interesting concept. The Details >It appears that some of the advantages of instrumental insemination in a breeding program are achieved or even accelerated by hand fertilizing. Mr. Haberl, could you share the details of this procedure with the list for those […]

Queen Marking

Queen Marking

The Idea Intensive beekeepers often need to assure that a particular queen is still in a hive. Marking them is one way to do it. The Details Supplies Forget the paint brushes, match sticks, tooth picks, etc. They make a mess. And because they are so imprecise, a queen can be injured when paint ends up on her spiracles, head, antenna, wings, or feet. Don’t […]

Accelerated Rearing

Accelerated Rearing

The Idea Accelerated rearing using a single nuc to both mate and mature caged virgin queens at the same time. It almost doubles the number of queens that can be mated out of a given set of nucs. Accelerated rearing is an ideal method: for producing a moderate number of queens when equipment/bee resources are limited or when a queen rearing/mating season is short And […]

Thin Grafting Frame

Thin Grafting Frame

The Idea A thinner grafting frame simply works better. The Details I’ve used a standard 1 3/8″ frame for a grafting frame. The cell bars were wide and would carry two staggered rows of cells. They incorporated a section of comb above the cell bars. A bottom bar reinforced the frame ends. This year, I’ve done a little experimenting with a thin grafting frame and […]

Grafting Tools

Grafting Tools

The Idea After using just about every conceivable kind of grafting tool, I’ve found the Chinese grafting tool is: more user friendly faster cheaper than any of the others. The Details Advantages I’ve tried many grafting tools. The Chinese grafting tool is my favorite. It consists of a flexible tongue and a spring loaded extractor. Some advantages of the Chinese tool are: easy use can […]

Schedules

Schedules

The Idea When rearing more than just a few queens, a schedule is imperative. And they’re easy to construct with a computer and a little understanding of honeybee biology. The Details It’s easy to build your own schedule. This process can be used to simplify other queen rearing schemes. All schedules are based on bee biology. assign a single letter to a queen’s stage of […]

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