The grafting/splitting effort is just about wrapped up. I'm more or less committed that I won't fool with it anymore. I seem to have far better luck just letting the bees pull their own queen cells and then moving them on a frame. Seems like about half the splits I do end up rejecting the virgin queens so I end up with emergency cells anyway. I think in the future I'll just make splits as I see fit and let them pull emergency queens. I can then cull out smaller queen cells to get a bigger/better queen. Sure it means setting a colony back for a week or two without a queen, but in the end I think it will be the better method for me. 


In other news, I've been pretty busy with bee removals lately. I've been averaging 2 per week, in addition to all my crazy busy lifestyle at home and at the farm. 

AuthorTom Brueggen