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Offline Psparr

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Transfer queen cells in cold weather.
« on: April 27, 2016, 08:21:57 PM »
So made a split 9 days ago and of course the weather tomorrow will be chance of rain and a high of 57. Just took a quick glance today and saw about 10 cells. Don't want to lose them to the first queen. Is it safe to cut them out and transfer them as quickly as I can?

Offline OldMech

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Re: Transfer queen cells in cold weather.
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2016, 12:58:33 AM »
As rough as it sounds..... I take my bar and put it on the seat of my truck in an empty nuc, with the engine running and heat on, then pull each cell as I need it and slide it into a brood frame and re install that frame. Then go get the next hive ready, pull the cell and install it etc...   Not sure if you have a bar with cells on it or if you have a frame you want to cut cells out of..   A quick transfer will be fine as long as they are not sitting out in the cold while they wait to be placed.
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Online Michael Bush

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Re: Transfer queen cells in cold weather.
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2016, 09:47:57 AM »
In the same yard, yes, just do it quickly.
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Offline Psparr

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Re: Transfer queen cells in cold weather.
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2016, 10:23:13 AM »
Thank you!

Offline Psparr

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Re: Transfer queen cells in cold weather.
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2016, 12:37:18 PM »
Just got done. Weren't too pissy. Maybe too chilly to feel like flying.

One thing I noticed. The feral colony I cut out last Sunday was out working while my other hives were all tucked in.