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I am due to graft this afternoon but slightly put off by the planned change in weather by the time queens are due to be ready for their mating flights. I was just curious to see if others consider this when raising queens or if I should not worry too much about it as they are likely to find suitable mating windows?
 

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I don't have much faith in forecasts that are more than a day or two ahead, so I just do it when I can and conditions in the hives are right. They manage it all by themselves normally anyway
 

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My plans for grafting are generally set in motion 9 days ahead when I put brood above a queen excluder, once I've set that plan in motion I disregard the forecast- mostly.
 

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I am due to graft this afternoon but slightly put off by the planned change in weather by the time queens are due to be ready for their mating flights. I was just curious to see if others consider this when raising queens or if I should not worry too much about it as they are likely to find suitable mating windows?
Crack on…if you waited for a weather window none would get anything done!! It’s not July yet it could snow or be minus something next week😂 and you wonder why so many are imported😉
 

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I am due to graft this afternoon but slightly put off by the planned change in weather by the time queens are due to be ready for their mating flights. I was just curious to see if others consider this when raising queens or if I should not worry too much about it as they are likely to find suitable mating windows?
It will be around 3 weeks before your queens will be ready to go out and get mated and forecasts that far ahead are not reliable. However, the chances of getting a few decent days in the first 2 weeks of June are high so go for it.
 

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Is that 100% take Ceri?
No, a few gaps, but over 40 well nourished cells from that box, I'm well pleased. The photos were taken about an hour and a half ago.
This is my third graft and I'd boosted the cell raiser with a Michael Palmer bee bomb after the second so thought they had enough oomph to raise four bars of cells themselves, I'd usually only let them finish two bars.
 

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14 out of 20 for me first graft of season. These are from an island mated Branstrup queen .... the 4 yellow cell holders on the top bar were grafted by my 8year old daughter. She's well happy with her 3 out of 4 for her first ever go. Names are already for them if they mate.View attachment 31872View attachment 31872
 

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I'm quite tempted to have a go at queen rearing. One of my Queens is a absolute beauty in temperament, laying and honey production. Something to have a read up on and look into further.
 
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I'm quite tempted to have a go at queen rearing. One of my Queens is a absolute beauty in temperament, laying and honey production. Something to have a read up on and look into further.
Quite easy and you don't need to graft.
 

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Quite easy and you don't need to graft.
No but it’s easier than many make out, Simons got his 8yr old doing it and I had a go aged 10!……those cell punches are handy for those with bad eyes though😉
 
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No but it’s easier than many make out, Simons got his 8yr old doing it and I had a go aged 10!……those cell punches are handy for those with bad eyes though😉
Agreed. I was quite anxious the first time I did it but found it quite easy. I picked up on tips from others by using an older black frame, a head torch and sanded off the Chinese grafting tool.
 
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the 4 yellow cell holders on the top bar were grafted by my 8year old daughter. She's well happy with her 3 out of 4 for her first ever go.
Hey Simon, did your daughter practice much or was 3 out of 4 without much practice? I was going to have a go at cell punching, my eyesight is OK, but this inspires me to try grafting, I am only looking to rear 4 or 5 queens. Thanks.
 

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