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Offline pgayle

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I wonder if anyone has made a wheel (like a pregnancy wheel) for bee breeding?

The "pregnancy wheel" in medicine has two concentric circles that pivot at the center.  The outer circle is calendar dates.  The inner circle is marked with pregnancy events.  For example one turns the wheel to set "conception" at a certain date and the wheel calculates the estimated baby due date. 

The "bee wheel" would have the inner wheel marked with bee milestones.  Example "egg laid" on day 0, graft on day 4, capped cells, emerged cells, etc.  One could set the wheel at any of these milestones and see the approximate dates of other events.  For example, if I find capped cells on a certain date, I would have a quick way to see a date rage when I might see evidence of laying queen.  (Without doing the calendar math in my head.)

I made a very crude one using paper and an old CD.  It does work, but would be nice if anyone has come up with a nice one printed on plastic?

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Re: queen mating/breeding calculator or wheel.. anyone have one of these?
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2011, 06:06:02 PM »
Will this help you out


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Re: queen mating/breeding calculator or wheel.. anyone have one of these?
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2011, 08:31:04 AM »
I just use a simply page as outlined below. This allows me to add a page to a notebook for each graft, then keep notes along the way, keep it on file, refer back to it if problems come up later, etc. Once you plug the first date in, you just count off the days and plug in the dates. I keep the log book in the truck and have found out that waiting till the end of the day and then logging everything back in a computer, just wastes more time and things are easily forgotten 8 hours later at home at the end of a long day.  

I keep this form on a word doc and print out forms when needed.

It looks like this....


DAY                                                           DATE                       COMMENTS

1  egg laid                                           ___________
4 Graft 1 day old larvae                         ___20 Apr
6 Check how many cells started           ___22 Apr
9 Queen cells capped                            ___25 Apr
13 Move cells to mating nucs               ___29 Apr
16 Queen cells emerge                           ___2 May
18 If not emerged discard                      ___4 May
21 Mating flight
22 Mating flight                                     ___8 May

34 Check for eggs                                  ___20 May

41 No eggs discard queen                      ___27 May

Grafts Taken_________________

Queen mated/laying____________

A queen calendar can be found here with numbered days.. http://www.nsqba.org/smallscalequeenrearing.html

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