Re: Nicot 101
Today is my first time using the Nicot system. Tested it last winter and refined some processes for better laying. Basically I just
jump to day zero to put the queen inside to lay skipping the other unnecessary steps. This is because the queen will take some time
to get used to the cage environment. I already got her somewhat trained the last winter on a test run. In the meantime the bees can clean out the cells a bit too. The next step is to find a booming hive to consolidate the bees for a cell builder/finisher. Already got my eyes on one booming hive. I will be concentrating all my effort to these cells as a homemade QC incubator already been made. So the cell builder set up will consist of 5 full pollen frames with the cell frame right in the middle of the 5 frame nuc box. From last year found out that just using the full pollen frames without the cap broods or any open larvae will make bigger cells and better laying queens. All effort are on these cells now. Spring days will be here in full swing another week or so. Now is the time!
Last edited by beepro; 03-12-2017 at 08:40 PM.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?