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  1. #1
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    Default Protecting mating nucs?

    How do you keep the mating nucs from being robbed out in the apiary? I assume that you need to keep several good hives to support having enought drones... so how do you protect the nucs from being robbed out?

    We are in early part of the dearth here in the sandhills of NC and I want to try grafting for the first time. Then start 10 or 20 nucs to carry through to next spring

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    Default Re: Protecting mating nucs?

    Use five frame strong nucs with small entrances or robber screens. I don't usually have problems with robbers until later in the year.

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    Default Re: Protecting mating nucs?

    Some time it depends what race of bees you have the Russians and the Carnolians are not bad.
    Italians are another Story.

    #1 Feed late evenings almost dark
    # 2 When you see or think they are wanting to rob set up a couple of feeding spot in the yard ( just before you are going to open up the nuc or hives put your feed in the spots and use the same place each time you work the bees ) away from the hive's a bit but not real far don't do in front but toward back of your hives in the yard.And just before you leave yard put some more feed out when it is gone they will treat it like a flow when its gone its over.

    Had several divides in a yard make up for a guy and robbing got started when i was working them there was a small cloud of bees following me and as soon as the lid was open they would start landing on the frames and bur combs. So I set up feed spots in the yard would feed upon arrival before you ever open a hive, may have to put more out as you work them and the last thing before leaveing pour out more.

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    Default Re: Protecting mating nucs?

    I keep small entrances and only feed in the evening either just before or just after dark and small enough amounts that it is gone in the morning. Better yet, give them full combs of capped honey instead.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Protecting mating nucs?

    Well it looks like I'll move a couple hives out of the yard, run a shot at grafting queens and then divide up the remaining colonies into nucs or larger with the new queens.

    And follow the advice listed above

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    Default Re: Protecting mating nucs?

    1. Seperate yard for mating nucs
    2. Small entrances. I use 1" circular.

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