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Expedient Queen Rearing on Plastic Foundation

I was out in the beeyard looking to find the queen and get her in the nicot to produce some additional queens for splits.  As luck would have it a rainstorm was getting ready to roll in yet again and I couldn’t find her – but I did find a frame with a bunch of eggs and new larvae.

Printed queen cage

Queen cages by 3D Printer

So I ended up setting up the frame for the hopkins method of reporduction – that is orienting it horizontally in the hope of getting some of those cells drawn out and placed it wedged in at the top of one of my hives.  Now I didn’t go to through the effort to go queenless and then queenright or crowd – as I indicated this was last minute.

Now because it was a piece of plastic foundation I knew I wouldn’t be able to cut out the drawn out cells – so I ended up designing and 3d printing cages designed to protect the cells and trap the virgins as they hatched out.

The worked well enough to be an ok backup if you find yourself in a similar spot.

You can find the STL file on Thingverse.

 

 

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