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  1. #21
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    I've got a nuc started to care for the queen I ordered. I've made three attempts to find the virgin, and failed. She should be laying within the week (estimating conservatively), and then I'll open up the hive sans smoke and see if I can run her down and, err, offer her a nice alcohol treatment. That hive has plenty of bees, so I might pull two frames and see how she does, but I want a well mated queen. I'm also reluctant to weaken my decent hive for the purposes of expirementing.
    http://www.voiceofthehive.com - Tales of Beekeeping and Honeybees

  2. #22
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    Jul 2004
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    If I may make a suggestion... I would find the virgin queen after mating and than place the new queen in the hive caged and the new queen in the nuc cages. Just an idea.

    You know, I am not sure if she will mate. The weather, of course, is nice now but are there enough drones I wonder. This is were I personally wonder if things will work since there are not a lot of feral hives out there (at least some would say) so I am not sure how many drones would populate the DCA's.

    I do wish you better luck than what I have had first time traying to mate with queens.

    Next bee club meeting... wanna car pool to save gas?
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

  3. #23
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    Apr 2005
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    Auburn and Tri-Cities Washington
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    Chef Isaac,

    What bee club meeting are your refering to? Give me the info as I would like to attend something like that in this area.

  4. #24
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    Chief - the meeting was tonight, Puget Sound Beekeeper's Association (www.psbees.org). Tonight's discussion was "Apitherapy".
    http://www.voiceofthehive.com - Tales of Beekeeping and Honeybees

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