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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
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    Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
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    Default Expectations of VSH virgins... acceptance /performance

    I might buy some VSH virgins this Summer. Introduction (in queen castles or nucs) could begin at Emergence +3 days.
    If the virgins are introduced to only nurse bees and sealed/emerging brood what acceptance rate should I expect?



    I have a site with non-Italians (Carni and Palmer/Palmer daughters) and few miles away there's a beekeeper that has numerous Palmer and Zia queens, and possibly a couple of Italians. There could easily be other colonies in the area.

    Should I have any particular expectations of the open mated VSH queens?
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
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    Millbury, MA, USA
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    Default Re: Expectations of VSH virgins... acceptance /performance

    I get around 70% acceptance. I had good results with virgin VSH queens from Broke_T. I expect it depends on their breeding. I would order from a reliable breeder.

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