Queen rearing can be a very expensive affair. These cell cups are a convenient and durable way to rear queens bees. They are compatible with the cup kit queen rearing system. They are made of plastic and are brown in colour. Each set comes with 1000 queen cell cups that can be attached to the rearing system.
How to Use
- Using a queen grafting tool, remove honey bee larvae from one of your hives and place inside the bottom of one of the plastic queen cell “starter” cups.
- Once you have filled the cups with larvae, attach the cups to the base either with melted beeswax ,or a hot glue gun (we prefer the melted beeswax method).
- Once all cups are attached to the base, affix the base to a deep wooden frame by creating a slotted “rack” that attaches to the end bars of the deep frame. This rack allows for the base to sit securely on the frame once the bases are secured to the rack.
- Each deep frame will hold up to 4 bases. Make sure that the bases are affixed so that the queen cell cups sit upside down on the frame. Place the filled frame into a queen-less “finishing” hive.
- After 8 to 10 days, the larvae in the cell cups should be completely enclosed. Once the larvae become completely enclosed, place a hair roller cage over each plastic cell cup. Hair roller cages can be made from a fine mesh plastic, rolled into a cylinder and sealed on one end.
- Keep these cages on the emerging queens for approximately 16 days. On or around the 16th day, the queen should emerge from the cell into the cage.
These Plastic Queen Rearing Cell Cups can be used over and over again and will last for many seasons.