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  1. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Last weekend one of my colonies swarmed (March 3rd! This colony was a swarm that moved into a bait hive I set out last year in early March, early swarmers I guess?). They divided into two clusters, a small one in my avocado tree and the larger group in the neighbors lemon tree. I was able to...
  2. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Been working on creating a 3D printable mating nuc. I've fully printed everything but consider it all in an "alpha" stage. Most likely more changes coming - and this hasn't been tested at all ...meaning, I haven't used this yet to raise queens. My thoughts while designing the mating nuc is that...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Using the Nicot system (today is day 4, larvae transferred) and at the point of thinking ahead to making up mating NUCS. I'm a little confused by the mating NUCS for sale at ML...there's not enough information about how to use them. What's the point of using small frames that have no...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    Hi, I am currently working on making pine mating nucs. I would like to fit in 5 deep frames approximately 8 1/8 inches in length into the nuc. I purchased 1X10inch pine boards, (which is actually 3/4 thick and about 9 1/8 height). My first concern is that due to the height of the boards i have...
  5. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Here are a few pictures of a 6 frame nuc made with a slightly expanded DCoates box: I made it I think 1 1/2 inches wider(I took original plans divided by 5 and then multiplied by 6), then cut about 1/4 inch deep and 1/4 inch wide grooves in both front and back for the divider and then the...
  6. Bee Forum
    I will be using medium frames in queen castles or divided 5 frame nucs. It has been suggested that using two frames is better than three... The virgins will be about two days old when I get them. I have read conflicting advice concerning the makeup of the bees/brood. I have been led to...
  7. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I PLAN TO RAISE MY FIRST QUEENS NEXT JUNE. FOR MATING NUCS, I PLAN TO DIVIDE A STANDARD 9-FRAME DEEP IN HALF. CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN HOW I SHOULD MODIFY EITHER THE BOX(ES) AND/OR MY BOTTOM BOARDS SO AS TO CREATE SEPARATE ENTRANCES ON OPPOSITES SIDES OF THE MATING NUC? THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR...
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