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Thread: My game plan

  1. #1
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    ok... today is the big day to graft!!!

    Here is my game plan:

    I have a nuc that is queen right and is spilling over with bees. I am going to, this morning, take the queen out and place her in a three frame nuc with a frame of honey, the frame with the queen and adhereing bees and than another frame (not sure what type of frame ie bees, drawn frame, foundation, etc.)

    Than I am going to move the new nuc that has the queen into the same place that the queenless nuc is so that the field force will fly back into the queen right nuc. I will than move the queenless nuc with all the bees to a different part of the bee yard and face it backwards.

    Than tonight I will graft out of the queenless nuc. I plan to graft only a small amount... maybe ten cups.

    Any advice?? What should the third frame be when I place the queen into a new nuc???
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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    Chef
    it would be best to leave the Queenless nuc right where it is #1 the incoming bees will bring in fresh pollen and nectar this will make for a greater number of completed Q cells.also feed the queenless nuc if there is not a good flow on or if the weather is unfaberable for good foraging.

    as for the extra frame once you graft from the q-less nuc that frame that you took the graft from place it back in the the queen right nuc ,so there wont be as much competion in the use of royal jelly so you grafts will be fed better

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    My thought was that if I move the queenless hive over to another part of the yard and than place the queenright hive in the same place it before, all of the foraging bees would come to the queenright hive so they can stay productive.

    I do not think I did anything wrong. The frames are packed with pollen and I am feeding both hives.
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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    No You didnt do nothing wrong. By Doing is how you learn if things will work or not I Just had not try it that way let me know how they do if you dont mind.

    thanks

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    It's just that bee density is a major issue with getting cells built, and moving the hive will deplete bee density instead of increasing it. You'll still get queen cells, I'm sure. You just might get more if you did it the other way around.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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