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« on: May 25, 2008, 02:04:43 PM »

I didn't want to make it look like I was high jacking some ones thread.
Queen rearing kit, does any one have one from Brushy Mountain or Better Bee.
Or should I bother to get one.
As I have said before, I started 9 years ago with two colonies I bought from some one that had seem to have lost interest, and neither survived.
The frames that I took honey from brought me a colony out of the woods.

With in a couple years I had several  colonies.
Every time I buy a queen I end up getting aggressive bees when they mate with what is around.
As i understand this is hybrid bees.

Now, I plan on raising some queens this year from my stock.
The last bought queen I had was super ceded this spring and this colony is aggressive.
These splits I have made from my colonies this year so far are gentle.

Now, I know I can get new queens by just (boxing and framing) around.
I have the extra equipment.
Or would it be best to get a kit?

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2008, 02:09:41 PM »

>Queen rearing kit, does any one have one from Brushy Mountain or Better Bee.

I have about five of the Jenter systems from Brushy Mountain.

>Or should I bother to get one.

That depends on your goals and your pocketbook.

>With in a couple years I had several  colonies.
Every time I buy a queen I end up getting aggressive bees when they mate with what is around.
As i understand this is hybrid bees.

Perhaps.  You didn't get aggressive bees from the swarm that moved in?

>I have the extra equipment.
Or would it be best to get a kit?

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearing.htm#mostqueensleastresources
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2008, 02:25:57 PM »

I don't think the ones that came out of the woods had much of the aggressiveness in them.
I have had new queens from them on years when I didn't buy a queen and they turned out good.
I can work those with out gloves most times.
Two out of the four I started with this spring is so.
The other two are from the new queens I bought last year.
Thanks for the reply.
Going to read it now.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2008, 12:44:49 PM »

Queen rearing kit, does any one have one from Brushy Mountain or Better Bee.
Or should I bother to get one.



I have a Nicot system from Betterbee.   They work fine, but they require specific steps and timing.   No directions come with the Nicot,  at least not English ones.

After a few less than desirable attempts,  I bought the video from beeworks and learned "the tricks" and am now happy with it.

Here is more on my method....

http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/beekeeping/queen-rearing/
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2008, 12:02:56 AM »

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