Things are getting underway in the queen rearing dept., finally.
Here's a virgin hot out of the incubator eating honey off my finger. Actually it is a bit of nectar that came off her cell cup. She was running around on my hand and when she came to that drop, man-did she put on the brakes!
Below is the queen this batch was grafted from. Surprisingly, most of the daughters were blond. I prefer the dark ones myself...LOL Just a little surprised to get blond after blond from this graft batch.
Getting all the mating nucs stocked with bees and getting organized is sure a lot of work. I wish I had more experience and had my systems down to a science.
I never do anything to deplete my own apiary-The reason I am raising queens is top Strengthen my yard, not deplete it.
So I'll stock mating nucs only as fast as the growth of my doner hives dictate.
Until then I'll just go with the flow Just thought some might like to see a new queen eating her first meal.