2014 Queen rearing has begun
We are set to harvest our first series of queen cells tomorrow and place them in starter nucs. We have 3 queen rearing hives operational right now and 2 more just about ready. We selected 2 queen colonies that we used last year and have 1 new one. We grafted 15 cells to each hive as this is the first round and it appears as though we have a 70% maturity rate. We will see how it goes when the cells are moved into the nucleus colonies. Next the queens need to emerge and then they have to be successfully mated. But we are launched. Looking forward to getting the second round of cells started tomorrow afternoon.