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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
  6. 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.
  7. 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....
  8. Re: are flying virgin queens always followed by a drone comet?

    Oh ok
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  15. Thread: grafting

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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
  16. Thread: grafting

    by Velbert
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    Re: grafting

    Instruction doc link

    https://app.box.com/shared/rm81halgk0
  17. 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
  20. 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
  22. 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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    Re: Queen castle vs mini mating nucs

    I like the single units a Medium or deep frame

    The link below is how to set up and start a mini nuc on FOUNDATION.

    https://app.box.com/s/37dw8fnpibahe7b8ztn6
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