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  1. #61
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    I moved this queen into a nuc today.
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    I got home this afternoon to my wife meeting me in the yard telling me that I had done bad... "Huh?" "You go and look on the porch."

    I had a box from Mann Lake with TempQueen inside on one side of the door and a homemade mini nuc on the other side... Wife blames the package for the dozen or so scouts that are flying around looking for a new home.

    Sigh.. I reckon that I am being bad. I go and check the apiary. No hives that look swarmy. I do see some scouts checking out my swarm trap though.

    I checked just at dusk. My traps are still empty. Maybe tomorrow I'll be good.
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    Last year I had some scouts really interested in the 2 inch intake/outtake pipes of my furnace. It was weird how persistent they were.

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    I have a small swarm in one of my traps. I guess that they liked what they found. They moved into 2 medium, 8 frame boxes that had a full load of new ritecell. I'll give them a frame of young brood and move them away for a while.
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    I guess that I should have been faster with the brood anchor for my swarm. They found a gap in the two pieces of plywood I had covering the drawn frames that I was planning to feed into my nucs and decided to take up residence there. I'll see what I can remove for salvage tomorrow when I get some help with the lifting. They can draw foundation for their own use!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tpope View Post
    They can draw foundation for their own use!
    and they will, but you can't blame them for taking the easier path.
    journaling the growth of a (mite) treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    One of my new queens.
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    And another sister from the same mother.

    I only showed 3 of the four... They are just starting to lay. I hope that their future is bright. They were born from much trial and tribulation...
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    tpope
    I can never find the queen and so can not take picture of my own. I looked at two splits today with about 5 combs each and could not see a queen though they may be queenless since they were done with queen cells. I see it really well when my mentor is in my hive and his eyes go right to the queen. I just have had zero success so far and drone don't help because to my eyes they all look like queens.
    I try to keep up with your updates.
    Cheers
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    Practice will help you find the queen gww. If you'll grab those drones up as you go, you'll get some practice at picking up the queen when you find her. That said, I went through the same 4 nucs eight days ago and only found one queen. They look way different when they are laying. Much larger and easier to spot. Yet, it is always like finding a prize Easter egg. Ya never know what ya have until there it is...
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    tpope
    You keep posting and I will keep reading.
    gww
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    Thursday was an eventful day. I found that I had converted a laying worker hive into queen right. Nice looking brood pattern although too late to matter much. Then I found the queen and marked her. Unfortunately, in doing so I managed to pick up a worker bee and squeeze the queen wrong. I killed her.
    So, I now have a queenless hive at close to the beginning of my summer dearth. What to do??? Well I think that I am going to seize the moment and use this hive as a starter and do a bit of grafting. Queens will hatch and mate after the summer solstice.
    Oh boy! New roads to travel.
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    dang, sounds like something i might have done.

    fusion_power is also reporting having just started a round of queens. i've thrown in the towel here out of concern it had gotten too late in the season, but perhaps i shouldn't have.

    i'm looking forward to seeing how yours and his do in terms of mating success.
    journaling the growth of a (mite) treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpope View Post
    Well I think that I am going to seize the moment and use this hive as a starter and do a bit of grafting. Queens will hatch and mate after the summer solstice.
    More lemonade.
    David Matlock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverderwent View Post
    More lemonade.
    In a way... I suppose. Payback for no sourwood honey.
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    Yes, I always take advantage of failures to experiment. Unfortunately, my good ideas come in the evening requiring me to go into the hive again the next day.

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    Yep, I too find the time to second guess myself. A lot of it is a day late and a dollar short though..
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    I went into the lemonade hive today to look for queen cells and get it ready for grafting. I found fresh eggs and very young larvae. I quit looking part way through without ever seeing a queen. I really don't know if the queen I marked survived or if there was more than one queen.
    I do know that I won't be using a queenright hive for a cell starter.
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    interesting. how's it looking for mrs. tpope getting a little honey this year?
    journaling the growth of a (mite) treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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