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Nicot queen rearing system

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:52 pm    Post subject: Nicot queen rearing system Reply with quote

I will write a proper review of this when I have completed a full cycle of queen rearing, but meanwhile, here is a link to the real Nicot system -

Not to be confused with the horrible Chinese ripoff that Thornes are selling. I bought one of those for comparison, so you don't have to.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a Youtube video related to the Nicot System, by DC Honeybees, which you may find of interest:

This was a second attempt at using the system, as the first attempt was none too successful.

There's at least one little gem in the video - this being to judge which of the cells actually contains a suitable larva to use by examining the base of the semi-translucent cell-cup for the amount of royal jelly present. For this tip alone, the video is worth watching, as there's nothing about this in the instructions.

I agree fully about the Thornes product - luckily someone kindly gave me a Nicot cell-cup matrix board before I wasted any money. Smile

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