Candipolline Gold 1kg - Expiry 14/01/2022

Candipolline Gold 1kg - Expiry 14/01/2022

Queen Rearing Cell Punch

Queen rearing cell punch, simular to the nicot method but no need to find your queen, lock her in for 24 hours or graft anything. A quick and easy way to raise queens, just punch out the egg/larvae and introduce to a queenless hive with no larvae under 5 days old.

  • 1 assembled frame ready to use with 10 punches and plungers
  • Requires a queenless hive or "cell building colony".
  • Select the larvae of the correct age - up to 4 days.
  • You don't touch the larvae, so they are unlikely to be damaged or rejected.
  • Rejects can be re-punched and re-grafted and the rejected larva will be removed by the bees within 2 hours if any.
  • You can rear 10 queen cells per frame.
  • The cell building hive needs to have no other viable eggs for queen rearing - hopelessly queenless.
  • See more Information below
As low as £46.20
Availability: In stock

With the cell punch method there's no need to handle the larvae, as you have to with some other methods so less chance to damage the larva and a better chance of acceptance.

All you need to do is;

  • Punch out a cell with a worker larvae of the right age from a brood frame
  • Use the dowel as a plunger pushing the contents through fully so the cell is exposed slightly beyond the mouth of the plastic collar
  • Bees will have to chew the overhanging excess sidewall of the cell away so to save them time cut it back with a sharp knife or slice length ways across the cell and fold the sidewalls over the plastic collar
  • Clip cell into frame and insert frame in to a queenless hive or cell building colony
  • Queen rearing colony should be hopelessly queenless with no other larvae/eggs suitable for raising queen cells other than the ones introduced with the cell punch
  • More info can be found here on Dave Cushmans site
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