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  1. #1
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    Default Why is it such a bad queen rearing year???

    I raise around 400 nucs for queens usually I can catch 70% of that 400 but this year is horrible about 50% or below. Every queen raiser I talk to said its been a bad year for them also. I run 1200 hives and usually my nucs take care of what I need for queens but I have had to buy queens from different people and they have been just garbage horrible takes on my hives. Theirs a few raisers I buy from that are good but very few . I don't what it is this year but it's just been bad. I would like to hear some input on this and what people have heard what's causing it.

  2. #2
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    Miami, Manitoba, Canada
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    Default Re: Why is it such a bad queen rearing year???

    Different location and different results. Spring time catch on 450 nucs was 90%, now in our weekly mini queen nucs we are getting 75%.

  3. #3
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    Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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    Default Re: Why is it such a bad queen rearing year???

    I had the opposite results of Ian. 75% around dandelion bloom and then 90% later. Lots of variables. Weather, flow conditions, etc.
    Adam - Zone 5A
    www.adamshoney.com

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Why is it such a bad queen rearing year???

    location, location, location and the weather on mating days.

  5. #5
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    Sacramento, CA, USA
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    Default Re: Why is it such a bad queen rearing year???

    Haven't noticed anything un-usual up here except a few queens that were raised when buckeye was blooming. Some of them looked great just to be superceded almost immediately after starting to lay.

  6. #6
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    Spokane, Washington, USA
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    Default Re: Why is it such a bad queen rearing year???

    Had 85 take on my 400 june splits. My first round in cali was 70. Bought queens in orland from zs bees month ago. 98 acceptance.

  7. #7
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    Dec 2012
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    Sacramento, CA, USA
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    Default Re: Why is it such a bad queen rearing year???

    Rak, did you bought the vsh or Cordovan queens from Orland?
    And are they the gentle type bees too?
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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