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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Queen Castle - First Timer?

    >That would make a cool picture

    What? A hundred queens? That would be nice picture for me...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Queen Castle - First Timer?

    The moment of truth is almost here, this weekend will be day 34, time to see if I have mated queens laying. The anticipation is eating me up, can't wait. To be prepared for what I find, I have a couple questions surrounding what to do based on what I find in my 3/3 mating castle.

    If a particular chamber has a queen laying, should I wait to move them to a 5 frame Nuc or do it right away so the queen can get busy laying?

    If a given chamber did not work out and I have no new queen, can I place those three frames of bees into an existing queen right hive? Do I need to do a newspaper combine? They will have been in the mating castle since may 11 and all brood will have been hatched since the 19th. Since they are beyond nurse bee stage will they fight in a new hive?

    Thank you for any assistance

  3. #23
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    Jul 2004
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    Sullivan, MO
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    Default Re: Queen Castle - First Timer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thershey View Post
    The moment of truth is almost here, this weekend will be day 34, time to see if I have mated queens laying. The anticipation is eating me up, can't wait. To be prepared for what I find, I have a couple questions surrounding what to do based on what I find in my 3/3 mating castle.

    If a particular chamber has a queen laying, should I wait to move them to a 5 frame Nuc or do it right away so the queen can get busy laying?

    If a given chamber did not work out and I have no new queen, can I place those three frames of bees into an existing queen right hive? Do I need to do a newspaper combine? They will have been in the mating castle since may 11 and all brood will have been hatched since the 19th. Since they are beyond nurse bee stage will they fight in a new hive?

    Thank you for any assistance
    If one of the chambers didn't work out I'd give those resources to one of the chambers that DID work out.

  4. #24
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    Mar 2014
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    Default Re: Queen Castle - First Timer?

    Thank you so much Rod. Got really lucky, they all took. I just posted a new question since nobody had answered.... Ok to move them into Nuc right away, any reason to wait? Weather forecast is good and the blackberries are poppin out.

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Queen Castle - First Timer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thershey View Post
    Thank you so much Rod. Got really lucky, they all took. I just posted a new question since nobody had answered.... Ok to move them into Nuc right away, any reason to wait? Weather forecast is good and the blackberries are poppin out.
    If you have resources to give them, Already drawn out frames, honey/pollen frames that would be best and also move them the 2 miles or so from there for a few days and then back again. You can probably get away with just putting them in 5 frame box with foundation or foundationless and they will still do ok on a flow. Heck bees are resilient they probably do ok if you don't move them too, but I've just gotten in the habit of moving them and have had less trouble losing weak nucs that way.

  6. #26
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    Apr 2014
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    Ashtabula, OH
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    Default Re: Queen Castle - First Timer?

    I set up a starter hive, five frame nuc. It has hardware cloth on the sides at a cavity about four inches from the bottom. I wonder how cold is too cold for this nuc????
    It is going down to 50 degrees here in ME Ohio at night. The nuc is inside a shed where it is out of the wind and is warmer.
    I hope is ok to post this here.

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