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  1. #1
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    Big Grin First swarm april 5, 2014 with breeder queen

    Caught this swarm 15 days ago. Put them in a 6 frame nuc and came home, tried to put frames in but no room so i put them in a 10 frame. Took a frame of bees and put a queen cell on it and into a 3 frame nuc. She has not hatched yet. Opened them today and was amazed. 3 frames of wall to wall brood with just a few capped 2 more frames partially filled with brood, in 15 days! Anyone in Inman SC lose a breeder queen?

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    Default Re: First swarm april 5, 2014 with breeder queen

    She's mine. Ill send you a cage and you can ship her back to Texas where she belongs
    TxBeek. KTBHs. Victoria, Tx. along the Gulf coast. Zone 9b.
    Treatment free bees from traps and cutouts.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: First swarm april 5, 2014 with breeder queen

    Swarms travel north and south not east and west. Txbeek is mistaken she's mine.
    When I allow a hive to swarm it's with the hope that it can brighten someone's day.
    It seems to have worked, keep her and enjoy. Her name is Amber!

  4. #4
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    Default Re: First swarm april 5, 2014 with breeder queen

    Amber will soon have daughters for sale. She has laid around 25000 eggs in 15 days. That is around 2000 a day. It does not get much better than that!

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    Default Re: First swarm april 5, 2014 with breeder queen

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    Last edited by seamuswildflower; 04-22-2014 at 09:16 AM.

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    Default Re: First swarm april 5, 2014 with breeder queen

    No danger of that happening anytime soon, I lived in Charlotte for a bit. I recall SC as the hottest place I've ever been!

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    Default Re: First swarm april 5, 2014 with breeder queen

    How you know its a breeder queen.

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    Default Re: First swarm april 5, 2014 with breeder queen

    SCBeeman, I think his assumption is that a queen that good must be a breeder. It has the kind of genetics you would want to replicate (great laying pattern). I wonder if her daughters would last a winter up here?

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    Default Re: First swarm april 5, 2014 with breeder queen

    It takes years of experience to even know what to look for in a breeder queen and I don't think he knows what to look for. He needs to work with a commercial beekeeper to know the gentic of a queen.

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    Default Re: First swarm april 5, 2014 with breeder queen

    Pretty sure this was just pride in his new found treasure. I doubt that he seriously thinks that this is a breeder.

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    Default Re: First swarm april 5, 2014 with breeder queen

    Quote Originally Posted by scbeeman View Post
    It takes years of experience to even know what to look for in a breeder queen and I don't think he knows what to look for. He needs to work with a commercial beekeeper to know the gentic of a queen.

  12. #12
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    Default Re: First swarm april 5, 2014 with breeder queen

    LOL!!!

    I'm saving that image!

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