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Accelerated Rearing

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 […]

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Thin Grafting Frame

A thinner grafting frame simply works better. 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 added a section of comb above the cell bars. A bottom bar reinforced the frame ends. This year, I’ve done a little experimenting […]

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Grafting Tools

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. 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 […]

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Schedules

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. 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 […]

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