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    Re: mini mating nuc frames

    Wintered Mini Nuc feeding on dry sugar placed on top just above cluster notice the condensation, this enables bees to take up the sugar also helps with keeping the nuc a little dryer.
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    Re: mini mating nuc frames

    Marshmasterpat-I have used 1- cup bees in the bee works mini nuc it works but a 1 1\2 cups I liked better.

    On the 4 frame 1/2 length medium.
    I use 3 cups bees.

    I will shake bees and run them...
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    Re: mini mating nuc frames

    My first 1/2 length frame mn were 5 frames then I went to 4 frames I like them better because they set just perfect on a block and I can use a 1 piece top with out having any seams from using a 2...
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    Re: mini mating nuc frames

    Pete I for got to answer your questions about swarming.

    I have a few swarm on me about 15 to 20 this past year and several of them were because it was about a week after pulling queens before I...
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    Re: mini mating nuc frames

    Hi Pete

    I have over wintered mini nuc's in singles doubles and triples for the past 12 years or so.

    Some bees do drown, from just 5 or 10 bees to maybe 40 or 50. I designed them to place...
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    Re: mini mating nuc frames

    I just winter bees in my mini nuc's

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vlwbeequeens/178484282243201
  7. Thread: Black bees

    by Velbert
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    Re: Black bees

    When the hair on the bee gets worn off they are all black underneath. That black bee looks old and I figure it's worn off its hair. If it were a truly black bee it would be a fuzzy look but black.
  8. Re: Virgin queen released into laying worker nuc...advice please

    If the queen is still in the nuc.
    Take your hive tool a knock off the capping on 1 frame of the drone brood that the workers had layer so they can clean out the combs make way for the queen to lay....
  9. Re: are flying virgin queens always followed by a drone comet?

    Oh ok
  10. Re: are flying virgin queens always followed by a drone comet?

    When a Drone hooks up to the queen
    And is mating it only Last a few seconds

    Something like 3 or 4 seconds it's over there is a pop as he disconnect an the drone falls.
  11. Re: Bigger IS better for mating nucs - or so the numbers seem to indicate...

    Yes remilling top and bottom bars I buy the commercial frames from dadants
  12. Re: Bigger IS better for mating nucs - or so the numbers seem to indicate...

    pol-line really like how they lay in 4 1/2 length medium depth frames

    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g307/vlwbee/20140616_185406.jpg
  13. Re: Another failed attempt at grafting. Advise needed!

    These were started and finished by a medium 4 frame half length Nuc free flying

    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g307/vlwbee/20140526_114828.jpg
  14. Re: how cold can a hive get before damage to brood???????

    if there is enough bees to cover the brood and stores to eat they will be fine
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    Re: shaving dowm comb

    use a new built comb on plasticell that has not had any brood in them, and use a hive tool to scrape it down. think there is one on my u-tube
    vlwbee123
  16. Thread: grafting

    by Velbert
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    Re: grafting

    when I down load it, it shows the hive and labels on the left and at top left it has a security warning and it says ENABLE CONTENT CLICK IT
  17. Thread: grafting

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    Re: grafting

    Instruction doc link

    https://app.box.com/shared/rm81halgk0
  18. Thread: grafting

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    Re: grafting

    Her is a link to an microsoft Access chart that i put to gather, for those who might want to keep record of raising queens and grafting. You will need Microsoft Access to open this. your computer...
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    Re: How long for Virgin Queen to mate?

    They will go on mating flight from 5-7 days from hatching if weather permits, then in 3 to 4 days she starts to lay after being mated, have seen them laying as early as 9 day's after Hatching to 14...
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    Re: Mature drones in your area

    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g307/vlwbee/20140329_155252.jpg

    To me this is a beautiful sight to see
  21. Re: Placing mating nucs in area with high number feral colonies

    I had more swarms go into hives with old dark brood combs.
    Never have had one go into one with foundation.

    I would get some 5 frame deep nuc boxes put a couple of empty dark brood combs in them...
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    Re: Plasticell Foundation

    I like it used it for years.
    They don't build it as fast as wax foundation

    It produces straight durable combs
  23. Re: Placing mating nucs in area with high number feral colonies

    I have also noticed the wild colonies do not have drones as early as a man kept hive it may be 2 to 4 weeks later
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    Re: Double Mating Nuc Boxes

    The bees will build a comb in the feeder when your looking for queen she might be in the feeder laying in the piece of comb. I would leave it in place.
    Certain time they will fill it with honey but...
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    Re: Queen castle vs mini mating nucs

    If you place on top of a strong hive to build your getting combs a lot of the time that are to thick for brooding cause they will start puting honey in them.

    I can stock the nuc on foundation with...
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