Apidea mating nuc has about 700 bees? Some recon that is the absolute minimum to take care of a queen. Some say it is not enough. When my queens have been laying for 2-3 weeks in Apidea mating hives, I transfer them into nucs. Nucs are made with one shallow box from broodnest. This whole box is transfered to new apiary. New queens are given immideately(Nicot transfer cages). Old queen stays in her old hive.Hi Juhani,
What would you say is the smallest population you could have in a nuc? Your post reads, "isolation mated queens". How does that work?
I'm only asking because I know very little about queen rearing. LOL.
Isolation mated queens, propably not the best way to put it... it means that I have inland mating station (actually two of them), which has about 10km bee-free zone around. So I can pretty sure say which drones my queens mate with. In addition my area is not very good for beekeeping so there are not many other beeks around that 10km zone...
(With banking I meant the methods of keeping large numbers of queens in small boxes, with for instance 10-100 bees.)