Monthly Archives: November 2018

This Season’s Grafting

22 out of 25 takes this batch and similar success last time!  I seem to have got the grafting technique reasonably worked out.  Still able to make a fool of things though as the previous batch I transferred to a too weak cell finisher and they must have been abandoned or got cold as they didn’t survive.  This time I’ve put half the cells in a stronger finisher and left half in the  swarm box.

As far as the cell starter, I’ve been using a swarm box and making sure it is strong.  By moving it from the originating apiary I can let it fly and ensure no loss of bees.

I’ll probably keep the swarm box going by converting it to a LaFerney/Clemens Beginner to Beginner system for the next batch.