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StephenSDH
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« on: June 25, 2009, 11:02:55 AM »

I would like to transport a couple capped queen cells from my hive to my fathers house 5 hours away.  I was thinking of putting a couple jugs of water in a cooler that are warmed up to 95 degrees and hope that regulates the temp.  Scrap off some queen cells and keep them upright for the ride.  Then install them once I get there.  I am new at all this so any suggestions would be appreciated.  I am wondering how they ship when you order capped queens by mail.

Thanks Again,  Steve
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009, 11:07:59 AM »

I would transport them in a nuc and let the bees regulate the temperature/humidity.
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2009, 12:13:17 PM »

I would transport them in a nuc and let the bees regulate the temperature/humidity.
My thoughts exactly. Even a "package" box with a bunch of nurse bees -- Like Robo said, let the bees do it. They know best.
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2009, 12:49:27 PM »

Its a good thing, but a bad thing.  All my equipment (and my only nuc which a buddy has because he wanted to keep bees in the city undercover) has bees in it right now.  I will try rigging something up like you guys said and take a frame with bees on it.

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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2009, 12:53:25 PM »

just read a thing about cutting out queen cells and then pinning them into the new hive.  there was no nuc involved, but i don't remember what the rest of it said.  maybe a search on here if someone else wrote or read about it?
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2009, 01:21:46 PM »

That would work fine don't move them until a day or two before they hatch. Treat them gentle. The cooler method I mean.
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2009, 01:25:34 PM »

just read a thing about cutting out queen cells and then pinning them into the new hive.  there was no nuc involved, but i don't remember what the rest of it said.  maybe a search on here if someone else wrote or read about it?

I did look before I posted, but wasn't able to find anything.  I just looked again.  Let me know if you find it.  I thought this would be a common question.  Thanks guys.
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2009, 01:31:15 PM »

I was given a queen cell at the field day last weekend, I just brought it home in the car so I hope its fine.
The guy was giving away some queen cells after his grafting and queen marking demo.
The cell was in that outer plastic cage but I didn't have anything else to transport it in so I hope its fine.
I put it in the hive as soon as I got home.
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2009, 01:53:13 AM »

Do it the way we used to back in the 60's, put them in a small match box and slip them in your pocket.
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