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  1. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    New beek here. I had some success in grafting 10 queen cells. 5 emerged. Placed them in nucs. One got robbed. Virgin is gone. How do I prevent robbing? I started open feeding. I thought it might lend a sense of abundance to the yard and tame the raiding impulse. Good or bad idea? I...
  2. Bee Forum
    I built a medium queen castle a few weeks ago which has 3 sections with room for 3 frames in each section. I took queen cells from another hive and filled the 3 sections up. A couple weeks later 2 of the 3 sections have a queen, but I believe one of the sections is queenless. There is visibly...
  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. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    We had to give my son-in-laws bees some room so i took my 3 compartment queen castle up to his place we put a frame of open brood, capped brood, honey pollen in each of three compartments on May 1 2016 question: when should I put these in a 5 frame nuc?, they should be hatching on May 13th +-...
  5. Bee Forum
    I have two Brushy Mountain queen castles that have been sitting in my workshop for over two years and I'm feeling comfortable enough with my bees now to dust them off and maybe put them to use. They have 4 two frame partitioned sections, each with their own entrance. A couple questions. Since...
  6. Equipment/Hardware
    I plan to build and have studied several versions of queen castles. I'm thinking about extending the deep box enough to create additional space underneath for queen cells and space above for feeding patties if needed. That would mean that the space above and below the frames would violate bee...
  7. Bee Forum
    I found capped and uncapped swarm QC's in one hive yesterday. I wanted to try out my queen castle, so I moved a frame of food, one of brood (not much brood on this frame, just a little capped) and one empty drawn frame to castle. I cut out the QC and put it btwn 2 frames but forgot to shake in...
  8. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Chapter 1, First Drone of the Year This year I'm trying a method of increase designed hopefully to maximize the resulting number of colonies from the available resources. The tradeoff being an increased amount of equipment and decreased colony size. I came rather abruptly to the need for a...
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