Larvae and eggs in my queenless nuc
Any suggestions for making certain I am not taking the queen from the donor hive?
Going my queen rearing calculator I opened my nuc to take out my nice frame of new wax for a batch of queens for my queen mating castle and as the title says had an immediate bad day. I did the same thing two years ago and need to find a better way to make certain my frames do not have a queen on them. In this case I checked my records and it had to have been from the yard 15 miles away on top of a hill that I need 4x4 to get too and the orchard owner’s permission. I found no fewer than 10 QC’s per frame on 5 frames. Took the entire hive apart, shook all the bees off of the frames on the existing to verify that I got them all. I put 4 heavy laden frames into the castle and put the nuc back into the center of the hive. I am regretting not putting a piece of newspaper between the two hive bodies.
The good part is that I did not thin out he cells until I got home. The bumpy ride down through the orchard crushed about 15 cells. I then took that number down to 3 of the best per section.
I have seen where the bees are shook and the brood placed above the excluder for several hours but 3 of my little yards are 10-15 miles out and I do not want to sit there for a couple of hours waiting for the nurse bees to move back up.
“Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)