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Author Topic: Queen cells and plastic foundation  (Read 1226 times)
jsmob
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« on: April 21, 2008, 10:03:26 PM »

Just for future info. When I get hive's that have queen cells going, is there a way you can take them off plastic foundation with out destroying the foundation, or hurting the queen cell? I am thinking that
being you get so many at times you could start other hives with them. I know this is what nucs are for but I was thinking "just in case". Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2008, 07:09:22 AM »

>is there a way you can take them off plastic foundation with out destroying the foundation, or hurting the queen cell?

In my experience, no.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2008, 08:15:46 AM »

Plastic foundation such as peirco or plastic as in duragilt?  If pierco or plasticell then it shouldn't hurt the foundation. 

Depending where the queen cell is, you may be able to carefully cut it off .  If on the face of the frame, then not so much.  If hanging off the bottom, then maybe.

If it isn't capped...then probably not.  If it is capped, then you may be able to.  It takes a steady hand and a liberal cut to get the whole thing without damaging it.  At least when you aren't very experienced with it.

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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2008, 10:06:37 AM »

I just cut foundation and all.  The bees will fix the hole.  A sharp exacto knife will cut through Pierco no problem.  So will scrissors if you have a starting place.  Of course, taking the hole frame is easier.
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