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  1. #1
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    Nov 2003
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    Default OTS Queen Rearing

    Well, i attempted my first OTS queen rearing method for some late summer splits. OF the 14 hives i made up only one did not have a laying queen when I checked this afternoon. Now to feed, feed, feed to build for winter.
    You have to stop and smell the roses......but please watch out for my bees.
    www.johnwaynehoney.com

  2. #2
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    Hudson, WI USA
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    Default Re: OTS Queen Rearing

    Good job. I see by your join date you are a long-timer, have you tried other methods of queen rearing?

  3. #3
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    Default Re: OTS Queen Rearing

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Quiney WI View Post
    Good job. I see by your join date you are a long-timer, have you tried other methods of queen rearing?

    No. I usually have bought queens in the past but my partner has not wanted to spend money the last couple years so our bees did not do so hot this year as they were mostly 3 year old queens except for the few that swarmed last year. We run about 35 hives and I decided to split the business because we did not see eye to eye.........(F.I.L)............so anyway I only took 5 of the hives I had at my farm and pulled all the honey first of july and did the OTS splits 2nd week of july. Looked tonight and like I said only one did not re-queen. My goal is to attempt some early splits next year, buy some packages, and build to 50 hives by next fall..........ambitious? Probably..........but I have a set goal to build this business into a nice operation and finally live my dream........my wife got to chase hers and get her masters degree...........and after next year i get to chase mine and build a thriving honey operation.
    You have to stop and smell the roses......but please watch out for my bees.
    www.johnwaynehoney.com

  4. #4
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    Apr 2012
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    Loup City, NE
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    Default Re: OTS Queen Rearing

    Flewster, Long time no hear from you. Glad to hear the OTS method worked for you, in the process of feed,feed & feed don't forget
    to use honey preferably creamed on a plate up top. Sugar won't strengthen them as well as good ol' honey. pm or email me before
    you buy packages I'm doing quite a few splits next spring.

  5. #5
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    Grosse Ile, Michigan, USA
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    Default Re: OTS Queen Rearing

    Good job, I've always wanted to try that method of Mel's after watching the video with him explaining it.

  6. #6
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    Nov 2003
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    Default Re: OTS Queen Rearing

    Quote Originally Posted by CtyAcres View Post
    Flewster, Long time no hear from you. Glad to hear the OTS method worked for you, in the process of feed,feed & feed don't forget
    to use honey preferably creamed on a plate up top. Sugar won't strengthen them as well as good ol' honey. pm or email me before
    you buy packages I'm doing quite a few splits next spring.
    Thanks Tom...........I must say they are the fattest and best looking queens I could ask for......cant wait to see how the brood pattern looks after they start to build up some.......I have some old honey saved back just for this but unfortunately not enough so some sugar water will have to be fed to build them..........I just might be looking you up then next year when it comes to the nucs you might have for sale......your not too far from where I want to put them after i get them.....

    How is your honey stick machine doing?

    Wayne
    You have to stop and smell the roses......but please watch out for my bees.
    www.johnwaynehoney.com

  7. #7
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    Default Re: OTS Queen Rearing

    well, they are building up real nice.....the brood patterns are the best i have seen in a long time in my hives.....some of the stronger ones have 4 to 5 frames of wall to wall brood already.....i was skeptical at first but am a believer now......mite counts are very low and the big fat healthy queens look awesome lumbering around the combs.
    You have to stop and smell the roses......but please watch out for my bees.
    www.johnwaynehoney.com

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