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  1. #1
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    Default First Queen of the Season

    Today I was out in the yard and checked in on a split I made a while back. Been keeping an eye on them to make sure their queen was up to par. This is my first queen of the season that the girls have created for me. She mated up a couple weeks back and has completely gone wild in her NUC. Here's a couple pics of her and her brood pattern so far. Pretty good i must say..

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    Her DOB from egg is April 27 2014.. lol.. First layed eggs on May 23 2014..
    Thomas Bartram - Since 2013, 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: First Queen of the Season

    nice I made a few spits in early May and one of them had a virgin queen last week, wish I would have gotten a few pics of her..

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    Default Re: First Queen of the Season

    Nice indeed... Did you look at her left back leg.... Made you look
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    Default Re: First Queen of the Season

    Is she a Cordovan or Italian queen?
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    Default Re: First Queen of the Season

    Although she has got mostly the coloration of a cordovan, she's of straight up Italian stock. It's my understanding that the Cordovan coloration can come out in any breed, but when I think of the cordovan queens I tend to look at CF Koehnen & Sons pic to make sure. lol.. Here's a link to the pic I look at .. http://www.koehnen.com/#!queens/c215j
    Thomas Bartram - Since 2013, 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: First Queen of the Season

    Great feeling when the queen goes "wild". I put a swarm box up at my brother's property, and got a swarm to come in (about a month ago). Within 10 days that queen had gone "wild", with capped and uncapped brood filling the better part of 2 frames (both sides).

    Phil

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    Default Re: First Queen of the Season

    She looks great!! Heres 3 of my open mated queens from this year. My first try letting them raise their own. 4 out of 5 and havent given up quite yet on the fifth. Feels great to succeed once in a while.
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    Default Re: First Queen of the Season

    You notice the egg being "laid" in the photo? There is an egg that she just released. Obviously she is a laying machine. Spraying them eggs all over the hive. Who needs a cell to lay an egg in>?

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    Default Re: First Queen of the Season

    Quote Originally Posted by drlonzo View Post
    Although she has got mostly the coloration of a cordovan, she's of straight up Italian stock. It's my understanding that the Cordovan coloration can come out in any breed, but when I think of the cordovan queens I tend to look at CF Koehnen & Sons pic to make sure. lol.. Here's a link to the pic I look at .. http://www.koehnen.com/#!queens/c215j
    How are the "rooskies" doin? Did you get to capitalize on any of those SC cells?
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    Default Re: First Queen of the Season

    Yep, when i did the splits to start the russians i ended up with a few Emergency cells being made. lol.. Got them in small mating nuc's now just waiting for them to start laying. Years ago i wouldn't have ever though playing with bees would be so fun..
    Thomas Bartram - Since 2013, 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: First Queen of the Season

    Isn't it nice to be able to enjoy it? I may have to try some of the Russians, just for something new & challenging.
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    Default Re: First Queen of the Season

    The only thing that is challenging about them is the fact that they like to make queen cups and cells all the time even though they don't need them.. lol.. Otherwise they are mostly the same as italians and you just have to give them more room quicker to keep them busy.. lol
    Thomas Bartram - Since 2013, 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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