Ohio Queen Bees
Gardens & Apiaries
Queen Rearing and Bee Links
Hopkins method entails giving the source queen (your breeder or chosen
stock) a frame of newly drawn comb. Positioned in the brood nest, the queen
will take to the frame quickly. Once eggs are laid in the frame and begin to
hatch (3 1/2 days), the frame is removed and cells are destroyed with the
intention of leaving behind cells in rows, spaced sufficiently so queen cells
are not webbed together when constructed by the hive rearing the queens.
Please see the above link for details.
The first photo is the mass of bees on the cells.
Quite a few cells can be constructed in this way. As you can see below, I didn't destroy enough cells or larvae so the bees built more than I intended and also built quite a few drone cells from what I left behind. The frame is laid flat in the hive, spaced, and supported to achieve the vertical orientation for building the cells.
The side view:
Some of the cells were rather large while others
were not. I used an exacto type knife to "extract" the cells. It was a bit
messy, especially when the cells were webbed together. It does work though,
although with the
loss of a newly drawn comb. Jay Smith, for his method, says old comb is too
tough for the bees to tear down and build proper queen cells.