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  1. #1
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    Mar 2012
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    Default Ulster Obs Hive

    This past week we took the girls out in my Ulster Observation Hive to a bee class that my wife is teaching for her homeschool group.

    The colony was split off my other larger colony on Wednesday, 3/27. I took two frames out of the big hive, one with brood, one with larvae and eggs. Then shook some nurse bees and added a couple empty frames and a feeder frame. All these went into a standard nuc box. Then last Thursday (4/4), I moved the frames into the obs hive and was pleased to see at least 4 queen cells! We had a lot of good questions, and a few standard questions. I also had a couple that wanted to try and open the hive. Thank goodness for locks and screws keeping everything secure.

    Here's some photos.

    http://tclong.net/bees/Ulster%20Hive...vationhive.jpg
    http://tclong.net/bees/Ulster%20Hive/queencell1.jpg
    http://tclong.net/bees/Ulster%20Hive/queencell2.jpg
    http://tclong.net/bees/Ulster%20Hive/queencell3.jpg

    (sorry for just doing links, for some reason the image uploader keeps giving me errors)

    EDIT: I put them back in their nuc box yesterday and plan to leave them be next week. The queen should emerge sometime between Tuesday & Thursday.

    We'll be bringing the hive back in to the class on 4/29 and if all goes well, we'll have a busy queen and lots of eggs and brood to show them!

    TC

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    Concord, CA
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    Default Re: Ulster Obs Hive

    Nice I bought my wife the same one for x-mas but she hasn't used it yet.
    Dan

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