Re: Mating Nucs and Drifting
Also - if you (or any friends) have any hives that have queens of questionable quality you can requeen those hives by just planting ripe cells in them - the emerging virgins will eliminate the old queen for you. Here we are about to the point in our nectar flow where that might actually result in more honey, because any eggs layed at this time won't be foragers until the flow is almost over - and as brood they will just use it up. Just a thought.[/QUOTE]
How do you know that the bees won't tear down the ripe cell. I had never thought of this, and it is exactly what I will want to do later this year?
So much to learn, so little time!!