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Offline jdpro5010

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brood viability
« on: April 21, 2009, 02:52:35 PM »
How long can a frame of brood (1 day old larvae) be kept out of a hive and still be grafted for a viable queen?  I have a hive about 20 minutes from my house which I had planned on moving to my house but for various reasons cannot do so now and I want to use it as my donor hive.  I will be using a hive at my place for cell starter colony by the cloake board method.  Can I just transport a frame from that hive to my place and then graft from it, or should I create a small temporary nuc and then recombine later?

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Re: brood viability
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2009, 08:36:59 PM »
I'd build a one frame nuc and put the frame in with the bees attached.  But that's me.  The other alternative is to have a wet hot towel (wet it with hot water from a thermos just before you take the frame) and cover the frame of brood after shaking off the bees to keep it warm and moist.
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Offline jdpro5010

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Re: brood viability
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009, 03:27:38 PM »
That was what I was thinking but was hoping to just grab a frame and scoot. :-D