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  1. #1
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    Default It's Mating Nuc Day!!

    Off to stock the mating nucs. Adding first cells tonight! Too much fun.

    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
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    Default Re: It's Mating Nuc Day!!

    I'll be doing the same tomorrow. I'll only be making up about 12 but that's a lot for me.
    Tim
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: It's Mating Nuc Day!!

    Well, it is done. Did them by myself which takes some extra effort with all those boxes opened and frames leaning everywhere! So much easier with more than one person!!
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

  4. #4
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    Default Re: It's Mating Nuc Day!!

    What kind of mating nucs are you using? They look like maybe 8 frame boxes? I have been using 3 frame deep nucs. I just started my first set of mini nucs two weeks ago. Trying to decide which I like better before I make a bunch of one kind.

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    Default Re: It's Mating Nuc Day!!

    They are double nucs. 4 frames a side. They are primarily for overwintering but instead of building a bunch of dedicated mating nucs I take a frame out of them and a 1.5 gallon Pro Feeder from Mann Lake fits in nicely. So for mating they are 3 frame deeps and then for overwintering I can pull the feeder out and put the 4th frame in.

    Wouldn't claim that this is the best way to do it. Just the way I am trying it this first year of grafting.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

  6. #6
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    Default Re: It's Mating Nuc Day!!

    Hey could you walk me through how you set up your mating nucs? Did you just toss a frame of brood, two frames of honey and a queen cell in each nuc, did you leave them queenless for any amount of time before introducing the queen cell?

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    Default Re: It's Mating Nuc Day!!

    Frame of honey.

    Frame of strong brood.

    Frame of weaker brood (1/2 frame or so)

    2.5 inch wide frame feeder

    Shake a frame of nurse bees off yet another frame of brood.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

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    Default Re: It's Mating Nuc Day!!

    The most fun is coming back in a few weeks and seeing a new queen, and fresh eggs. Opening every box gives me that expectant feeling that I got as a kid opening xmas presents.

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    Default Re: It's Mating Nuc Day!!

    I would have to say that I am realistic and not expecting much for my first graft but in order to improve one must start somewhere. Next graft is on Friday! I hope that the darn Chinese Grafting Tool is kinder to me with a bit more experience. One bar will be grafted with the JZBZ tool as a comparison but I have heard that it stinks for lefties after ordering a few of them.

    I do look forward to the first time I pull the cell bar frame and see something like 28 out of 30 accepted. Then I will feel I have made a leap!
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

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