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    Default Setting Up Mating Nucs

    The weather isn't always perfect, and sometimes you doit no matter the weather. If I waited for a sunny calm day with temperatures around 60˚, nothing would ever get done.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA3yiNoAh4o

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    Default Re: Setting Up Mating Nucs

    I was expecting more stinging. Nice frames of brood.

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    Default Re: Setting Up Mating Nucs

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Quiney WI View Post
    I was expecting more stinging. Nice frames of brood.
    Adrian, I can video tape myself working around the hives next summer if you want to see more stinging? LOL

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    Default Re: Setting Up Mating Nucs

    I like the new videos, Meat the cow is the best.
    Stephen 26 hives. 3rd year. Treat. Germany.

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    Default Re: Setting Up Mating Nucs

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Quiney WI View Post
    I was expecting more stinging.
    From happy bees??

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    Default Re: Setting Up Mating Nucs

    nice. thanks for sharing michael.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: Setting Up Mating Nucs

    Michael,

    Can you give us a few more details?

    The mating nuc was overwintered on 8 mini-frames. The box you pulled had 4-5 frames that had been overwinterd, right? You have given it 5-6 frames of fondation. Was the bottom box another 4 frames that had overwintered and had been give frames of foundation?

    Thanks,

    Tom

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    Default Re: Setting Up Mating Nucs

    Mr. Palmer you mentioned the queen several times and the never mentioned what happened to her as you were making the mating nucs.

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    Default Re: Setting Up Mating Nucs

    Quote Originally Posted by TWall View Post
    Michael,

    Can you give us a few more details?

    The mating nuc was overwintered on 8 mini-frames. The box you pulled had 4-5 frames that had been overwinterd, right? You have given it 5-6 frames of fondation. Was the bottom box another 4 frames that had overwintered and had been give frames of foundation?

    Thanks,

    Tom
    The nucs were doubles wintered on 8 combs each. At the beginning of May I added a super with 10 mini-combs to each...moving some brood up into the super. We broke down the nucs into the 4 way boxes giving each 2 brood a honey and an empty. The remaining combs with bees, brood and honey and the queen stayed in the super on the original stand. The 4 ways got moved to the mating yard and were given cells the next day. The supers (white boxes) with the queens were used to re-queen production colonies, and then the combs were recovered to go back on the mating nucs at the end of the mating season.

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