How to use the Queen rearing system with 60 holes
Queen rearing system with 60 holes a few steps and recommendations on how to use it.
- Preliminary preparation. Choose a brood comb with darker color and cut a piece of it with the shape of the cassette. Attach the cassette with the brown plugs on it to the inside part of the top bar of the wooden frame. Use flat head screws. Spread honey on the front side of the cassette and put the covers. Place the frame in a strong brood colony in order the bees to build the cells (the height of the plastic cells of the cassette is 5.5 mm). The height of the built up with wax cells has to reach 10-11 mm. (The ready cells reach the edge of the cassette or to a millimeter under it). The distance between the ready cells and the cover of the cassette is about 8-8,5 mm.
Day 1. Catch the queen and let it into the cassette. Do not forget to put the stoppers of the covers. If the cells are filled with nectar or honey, is not necessary to clan them. The bees will free and prepare the territory for the queen to lay eggs. The distance between the frame with the cassette and the neighboring frames has to be 8-10 mm.
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Day 2. Remove the back cover and check the laid eggs into the plugs. Release the queen. (If there is plenty of nectar, it is possible the bees to remove the eggs. All the conditions have to be carefully considered by the beekeeper.)
Day 4. The breeding colony has to be already prepared. It has to be strong with frames with honey, pollen and not plenty of uncapped brood. 5-7 hours before starting the replacement, the queen has to be removed from the breeding family and also one frame to be taken out from the hive in order on its place to put the frame with the assembled together yellow cell carriers, plugs and brown cups .
Replacement: The weather should be warm and not windy. It is a necessary condition to keep the larvae alive.
WORK QUICKLY, BUT CAREFULLY. Take out the frame with the cassette and remove the bees. Wrap the frame in a warm and wet towel. Remove one by one the brown plugs in order to check up the larvae. If they are crescent- shaped and dull white, they are considered ready. Assemble the brown plugs with the brown cups and the yellow cell carriers and attach to a prepared frame. The optimal quantity is up to 16-20.
Start intensive feeding of the colony with sugar syrup.
Day 6. Inspect the process of accepting the larvae.
Day 9 or 10. Inspect the rest of the frames of the breeding colony for other queen cells. If you find such queen cells, destroy them.
Day 14. After the cells have been sealed they can be covered with cell protector cages in order to prevent the hatching queens.
Day 16. You have produced queens.
This instruction is general. Many factors have strong effect on the queen rearing process. The choice and match of optimal conditions depend on the practice and the skills of the beekeeper.
These instructions are for our queen rearing system. The 60-holes model is similar to Jenter Queen rearing system, which is popular and used from the beekeepers around the world. It is produced in Bulgaria and has been offered and sold for years with successful result. We named this model QRS 60.We also offer another model queen rearing system with 32 holes which is similar to Nicot queen rearing system famous among beekeepers around the world. We named this model QRS 32.
Both models are manufactured by our company in Bulgaria, Europe and we are responsible for their quality and not for a replica of our product from another manufacturer.
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