Re: Rate this bar please
I don't see discarding these as a waste in any form or fashion. It's part of my learning process so I'm looking to evaluate and try to make as good a batch as I can before I'm forced to use whatever this next graft gives me. I am ready to do several splits soon and I'd like to get several queens mated and evaluated prior to putting them into nucs/splits.
I opened the cells that were on the two bars I did:
There was one or two that were not yet capped which is expected as these were only done 5 days ago.
Some of the grubs are smaller than others which would indicate that the larger ones had undergone one instar more than the other smaller ones yes?
I am please with the percentage of those that were started successfully for sure. Considering the previous two or three attempts resulted in about a 10% success rate. From the best that I can tell the higher start was solely due to a stronger starter colony.
Tomorrow I am going to make a starter that is even more populated. I actually made it yesterday but decided to wait another day because I wanted to give them a frame of open brood today to kick start them. I neglected to do that yesterday. In addition I captured a swarm yesterday and it appears that I missed the queen. It was not the dreamy flick of a branch swarm capture. I plan on adding a fair amount of bees from this swarm to the starter colony. I've read a swarm is primo starter colony material. Is this a popular opinion?
"Challenger" as in the Mopar muscle car. Not a personality description .
Keeping bees to raise money for chordoma.