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Hi All,

I'm interested in learning a bit about queen grafting - Is anyone running a course this season?

Thanks, Roche
 

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Give member gandalfwhitewizard a shout,he runs them in Kent.
 

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I went along last year. It was good. they have a website. Google Teynham Bees.
 

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The bottom line for grafting is you practise. You cannot really be taught it. It is a skill you learn, though FWIW a strong light source is a great help.

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pratcise, practice. practice and dont fool you self by going for the slightly bigger ones. the larva you can bareiy see are the ones you need to graft.
i did 60 grafts into 3 colonies in a litte over 30 minutes this eve.

 

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Those pictures look like cupkit though, where you don't graft???
 

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You can still graft into the cell cups from a Jenter or similar and assemble for rearing. Not all of us have time to make beautiful bespoke wax ones :).
 

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when i started off my queen rearing it was into cup kits, but i found it to time consuming so now i graft straight into the cups
 
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At the risk of going off at a tangent the colour of the wax on queen cells is supposed to say something. Pale wax is newly made by the bees and is a good sign they were keen to raise that particular new queen. Dark wax is recycled and is less of a good sign. I don't think I have the experience to refute this or not but the different colour of the wax between cells in the photo above is marked.
 

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the difference in the colour of the wax was that there was a honey flow on and they started to incase some of the cell in comb and i had to cut them out inorder for them to fit into their queen protecter cages
 

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Sorry for the short notice but weather plays a big part!

We are running a queen rearing day this sunday the 27th June 10 at 9 am prompt!

Donations accepted to the Help for Heroes collection tin. The course will last all day and space is limited in numbers!

This will be a first come first served basis and again sadly another members of the armed forces lost his life today taking the total to 301!!

Not only will you be supporting a worthwhile charity you get to gain a few new queens out of it! Learn something new and have a relaxed enjoyable day with fellow beeks..

PM either me or Widdershins for details.
 

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