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Michael,

Can you give us a few more details?

The mating nuc was overwintered on 8 mini-frames. The box you pulled had 4-5 frames that had been overwinterd, right? You have given it 5-6 frames of fondation. Was the bottom box another 4 frames that had overwintered and had been give frames of foundation?

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Tom
 

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Mr. Palmer you mentioned the queen several times and the never mentioned what happened to her as you were making the mating nucs.
 

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Michael,

Can you give us a few more details?

The mating nuc was overwintered on 8 mini-frames. The box you pulled had 4-5 frames that had been overwinterd, right? You have given it 5-6 frames of fondation. Was the bottom box another 4 frames that had overwintered and had been give frames of foundation?

Thanks,

Tom
The nucs were doubles wintered on 8 combs each. At the beginning of May I added a super with 10 mini-combs to each...moving some brood up into the super. We broke down the nucs into the 4 way boxes giving each 2 brood a honey and an empty. The remaining combs with bees, brood and honey and the queen stayed in the super on the original stand. The 4 ways got moved to the mating yard and were given cells the next day. The supers (white boxes) with the queens were used to re-queen production colonies, and then the combs were recovered to go back on the mating nucs at the end of the mating season.
 

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Are you setting these up in a strong nectar flow, or prior to flow?
 

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Are you setting these up in a strong nectar flow, or prior to flow?
No, a poor flow. Mid-April to mid-May we were in drought conditions. So dry that the bees never even visited the dandelion blooms...now that's a firs for me. Then mid-May to July it was cool and rainy. The temperature was in the low 50s. The next day, the cells went in the mating nucs...35˚ and blowing like crazy. Did my best to keep the cells warm...thermometer in the car, heat on full, place one cell bar of cells at a time and then back into the car to warm up.

Worst take of the summer. 80 queens from 128 nucs. And I was supposed to set up another round of cell builders that afternoon...first time in my career that I had to postpone my day's work due to weather conditions.
 

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Why do your inner cover bags have feeding holes if you keep feeder frames in the nucs?
Those are for feeding for winter. The feeders hold enough for their first feeding in the spring, or an emergency feeding in the summer, but don't hold enough for winter feed. For that, I use gallon cans above the bag holes, with an empty box around them.
 

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Looks good..

Hopefully, I'll be doing the same thing next year... Minus the rain, tent, and cold weather... *cross fingers*
 

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Is the 4th frame in the mating nuc a honey frame? It looked like one, but I didn't hear you call it out on the comb placement directions.

If it is a honey frame, do you save them from the year before? Or hope that you have some excess for spring make up?
 
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