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    Default Jedi Qn Rearing; Recipe, Tool Box, Method

    OTay you Jedi Queen rears ers;

    What's the best book(s) on qn rearing?

    What's your method? What would it be if you only had 8 colonies? & just starting?

    What's your complete toolbox look like?

    You got a favorite video link? or pics?

    What's a good budget for all supplies & where do you gettem?

    Have now; 8 colonies in double deeps, 2 nucs mid May, 6 nucs ordered for early June all northern sellers.
    Goal is; expansion to 30 -50 in 2yrs, Honey production & then Nuc sales (down the road)


    Thanks for your replies! Lb
    Rmns 1:16/Prv.3:5,6/ Beegan BK May 09/ Zone 5b
    I have NOT failed. I have only found many many ways that do not work!

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    Default Re: Jedi Qn Rearing; Recipe, Tool Box, Method

    >What's the best book(s) on qn rearing?

    In order of preference, my favorites:
    http://bushfarms.com/beeshopkins1886.htm
    http://bushfarms.com/beeshopkinsmethod.htm
    http://bushfarms.com/beesbetterqueens.htm
    http://bushfarms.com/beesmillermethod.htm
    http://bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearingsimplified.htm
    http://bushfarms.com/beesdoolittle.htm

    >What's your method?

    http://bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearing.htm

    > What would it be if you only had 8 colonies? & just starting?

    http://bushfarms.com/beesafewgoodqueens.htm

    >What's your complete toolbox look like?

    If you go with the Hopkins method you'll only really need a shim, a confinement cage made of #5 hardware cloth and some two frame nucs that take your standard frames. If you do the 1886 Hopkins method, you'll just need a sharp knife, something to melt the wax in something to paint it on the frame and some two frame mating nucs. If you want to graft or buy a graftless system, it goes up from there.

    >You got a favorite video link? or pics?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZhV9pBCT-g

    >What's a good budget for all supplies & where do you gettem?

    You can raise queens with no special equipment whatsoever. The top four books I listed (which are free for the reading) require nothing you can't easily make or use otherwise in your beekeeping.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Jedi Qn Rearing; Recipe, Tool Box, Method

    Great link (youtube). I'll watch it till I have it memorized. I'm gonna work backwards w/ questions cuz they're the freshest in my mind.

    1. the 8 frame mating nuc in the pic, is that over a hive w/ a screen?

    2. How long do you keep queens in mating nuc to slow down their laying? and when you transfer them to the queen bank do you continue the 2:1 honey feed? how long can they stay in queen bank? What do you do if you don't use them by?(what month)
    Rmns 1:16/Prv.3:5,6/ Beegan BK May 09/ Zone 5b
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    Default Re: Jedi Qn Rearing; Recipe, Tool Box, Method

    >1. the 8 frame mating nuc in the pic, is that over a hive w/ a screen?

    I don't have any 8 frame mating nucs. I have some four ways (ten frame boxes divided into four 2 frame nucs) some two ways (five frame nucs divided into 2 frame nucs) and some 2 frame mating nucs. I have a few three and four frame nucs and quite a few five frame nucs. I probably will divide some eight frame boxes into three next time I need nucs, but I have never done it. None are over a hive with a screen. All are their own compartment with solid bottom boards. Some are stacked up like apartment houses due to space limitations. (the horses run the pasture).

    >2. How long do you keep queens in mating nuc to slow down their laying?

    Usually they are still in the mating nuc. If you were going to do it a day or two would probably do it.

    > and when you transfer them to the queen bank do you continue the 2:1 honey feed?

    I seldom feed at all unless there is a dearth. I never feed a queen bank. I just put some capped honey in if there is a dearth and otherwise let them forage.

    > how long can they stay in queen bank?

    I try not to bank them at all or at least not more than a day or two. But I have experimented on the subject and had queens that were banked more than four months and put them in a hive and they were laying up a storm four days later.

    >What do you do if you don't use them by?(what month)

    I don't have that issue really. I sell them faster than I can raise them, but I have banked them for months and they still layed fine. I have tried banking them overwinter as well with mixed success with a terrarium heater. When I get time I would like to experiment more with that.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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