Wednesday, May 22, 2013

VSH queen cell availability

Dear BIBA members,

As most of you are aware, Danielle Downey (our State Apiarist) and Apiary Techician Lauren Rusert, grafted queen cells from their most successful Varroa Sensitive Hygienic (VSH) queen into a BIBA hive at the Komohana Apiary. These queen cells have been generously donated to BIBA for distribution to our members. All viable queen cells will be ready for transfer on Tuesday, May 28, between 11 am - 1 pm at the Komohana Apiary.

In order to be eligible to receive a VSH queen cell, members must be able to meet certain essential criteria, which are outlined below. These criteria are necessary to assure that your queen cell has the best chance of survival! IF YOU CAN MEET all criteria, and would like one or more queen cells, please respond to this email and let us know the maximum number of queen cells which you would be able and willing to "adopt."
  1. Member must be ready to receive one or more queens, to be picked up in person, on Tuesday 5/28 at BIBA's Komohana apiary, between 11 am and 1 pm. (If this time would be a problem, please indicate in your email response, and someone will contact you to try to schedule a different time.)
  2. Member MUST respond to this eligibility/interest email questionnaire (or by phone, for those members without email), by Monday, 5/27, indicating the maximum number of VHS queen cells that you would be prepared to receive. (Contact number: 982-3780.)
  3. Member must have a nuc created, OR a hive made queenless by Monday a.m. 5/27, in a hive box with oil trap, for each queen cell that you may receive.
  4. Member must be in good standing of BIBA (dues paid) at time of pickup (can join "on the spot" and pay dues at time of pickup, if necessary.)
  5. Member must agree to monitor (with sticky board, alcohol wash, or sugar shake) the rate of varroa mites in that hive, every two months, for at least six months; and report the numbers to BIBA (which will in turn be given to Danielle and Lauren.)
  1. Depending on number of queen cells available (maximum is 36, dependent on success rate of the grafts), each responding and eligible member will receive one queen cell. IF more queen cells are still available after distribution of the first set, then a second queen cell will be made available to eligible members who have the hive capacity. If queen cells still remain, 3rd and successive queen cell distribution will follow the same rules.
  2. If not enough queens are available to eligible members in any "round", then distribution will be made by lottery to eligible members.
Member should bring with them a top bar or an empty frame; and a nuc box, hive box, or some other means to safely transport your queen cell on its bar. A drill will be available if your bar doesn't have a JZ queen system compatible groove or hole.
This is a wonderful opportunity to receive a queen who can greatly enhance your beekeeping operation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 982-3780.

Carol Conner
Secretary, BIBA

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