Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.
Hehe; one up - one down.
Originally Posted by Litsinger
This just never changes.
Turned out I lost the "pink" nuc (see the pic above) - gong queen-less somehow and gradually just dissolved; was wondering of little activity lately.
Just a couple weeks ago yet they were taking in pollen; time flies.
The bees (I suspect) largely just crawled over into the "blue" nuc (no wonder them are "booming" as of late).
They left behind nearly empty hive with all the stores intact.
Of course, this also qualifies to be called an "abscond due to the mites or whatever".
However, the sister "blue" nuc from the same source does not feel like "absconding" just yet if ever will.
Anyway, I gladly reallocated the empty box with 4 heavy frames full of honey and bee bread to the #19, aka "white-nuc-to be" (and tossed a frame to the "blue" nuc - they deserved it too).
The #19 became the "pink" nuc and the #18 by renumbering them down.
Plopped them straight into their wintering slot.
I guess the seasonal count down has begun.
Starting at 18 pups and only down now.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.