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  1. #101
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    Default Re: first attempt at queenrearing

    Just scroll down to posts made a few days ago. You'll see the photos there. Click on each photo for more details.

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    Default Re: first attempt at queenrearing

    'I'm not sure where the myth about newly emerging virgin queens not being able to fly, originated.'

    The other morning I walked by my incubator in the kitchen to get my coffee and something big flew right by my face. I got my coffee and sat down to take out the cells that had hatched over night and mark the virgins. As I was preparing to do that, I big fat virgin landed right next to me on the counter! What the...??? Yup, she hatched that night, pushed her way past the JZBZ cup that was sitting on top the roller cage, got out of the incubator through the fan grid and was flying around the kitchen! I guess she oriented to the incubator. I was still a little blurry eyed and really couldn't believe what had happened. When I looked sure enough, there was a roller cage and hatched JZBZ cell with no queen in it.
    So yeah, they can fly all right.
    And ready to make their break whenever possible.

    The newly hatched virgins are usually a little confused, blurry eyed like I was, and slower moving. Give them a few hours and they are runny and stronger. A virgin that has just hatched, direct released on a frame will be submissive to the bees that come to investigate her. Sometimes She'll curl up or lay on her side a bit like she is frightened.

    A 12+ hour old virgin will strut right out like she owns the frame.

    As always, This has just been my experience...

  3. #103
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    Default Re: first attempt at queenrearing

    I picked up a frame the other day that had a queen cell on it, she hatched in front of my face flew across my bee yard and into another open hive.

  4. #104
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    Default Re: first attempt at queenrearing

    Laurie's story reminds me of the day a queen and a drone were doing their thing and landed on my ear before falling to the ground. A week later another pair landed right in front of me not 5 feet from the same place. Now, that's gotta be a DCA!

  5. #105
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    Default Re: first attempt at queenrearing

    update:

    four out of six cells place in mating nucs are now big fat queens laying perfect patterns, with the other two most likely victims of predatory birds and/or dragonflies.

    no word on the five virgins that i gave away to club members to try.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  6. #106
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    Default Re: first attempt at queenrearing

    three out of those four are now heading the strongest and heaviest hives in my production yard.

    the fourth one swarmed out of a five frame nuc this summer and her replacement didn't make it.

    still no word on the virgins that i gave away.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  7. #107
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    Default Re: first attempt at queenrearing

    Thanks for the follow-up. I browse many threads trying to learn and often wonder the outcome.

  8. #108
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    Default Re: first attempt at queenrearing

    A new emerged queen is a bee. So, yes, when dried she can fly as good, if she needs to, as any bee. A friend picked out one out of the incubator and marked her..Suddenly the queen took of..and my friends German schepard catched it..Note: Dont have dogs in the incubator room...

  9. #109
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    Default Re: first attempt at queenrearing

    I am getting started this year with queen rearing. I would like to ask how are you going to keep them from balling the Virgin queen.

  10. #110
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    I usually mix her in a shook in a new mating nuc. Well fed, only strip starters. Keeping the mating nuc confined in dark, cool place for three days. As long as they have started to build comb in earenst, they "never" abscond.. But, i have thrown in newly emerged ( they hatched in the transport box) in queen right hives. Since she is not smelling ( and some aditional smoke and of course the slight comotion removing the supers) the result is 50-80% supersedure ( like puttibg in a cell). Only seen balling once and that was a marked virgin from a nearby mating yard. Her last mistake...

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    Default Re: first attempt at queenrearing

    Quote Originally Posted by ILpreacher View Post
    I am getting started this year with queen rearing. I would like to ask how are you going to keep them from balling the Virgin queen.
    There are a lot of ways to prep receiving nucs others can suggest.
    But after while you get a feel for the bees, then can push the boundaries with your methods.

    I try to set cells as much as possible, but I still do a lot of direct release, it's more effective for me than using JZBZ release with virgins.

    Kind of like riding a young horse. Before you climb on ask yourself,

    "is he WITH me or AGAINST me?

    His Body language will tell you if you learn to read it. It's the same with the bees.

    I even am usually successful direct releasing a virgin queen in to a laying worker colony, when I come across them on occasion. Pretty funny, those drones.

    "How YOU doin???"

    Heres the video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGGX0Wu-B9E

    P4230296.jpg

    This nuc was in pretty sad shape, but they'll fix those drone cells once she is mated and clean those frames up pretty well.

    I usually place a capped cell in this situation, but if I have extra virgins and they'll accept her, why not? It's interesting to see what you can get away with.
    Lauri Miller.
    Carniolan Hybrids. Glenn & Wild lines.

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