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Author Topic: Change over to Carni's  (Read 729 times)
MustbeeNuts
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« on: June 29, 2009, 10:39:47 AM »

Well ok so about six weeks ago, bit longer perhaps, I made six splits, used some new carni queens, I was over there checking it out yesterday, they are moving along pretty good, I noticed the color change is taking place, but there are still some Italian mix still in the hive, any ideas on how long before the complete transition will take place. I would have thought by now the original bees would have  died out. Would they last any longer due to being a  split.
Just wondering, Huh
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2009, 11:03:41 AM »

If your carni queen was open mated there is a chance she may have mated with one or more italian drones thus the color differents. Another scenerio is if your hives are close to the hive you split there may be some drifting of the italian bees into the new hives. I have yet to see a hive that didnt have different color bees in the same hive. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2009, 11:16:50 AM »

3 weeks for the last of the old queen's young to emerge. 2 weeks for them to start foraging. 3 to 6 weeks of forage life. TOTAL>>> 8 to 11 weeks.

Be patient.
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2009, 03:25:12 PM »

What color are the carni bees?  I put carni queen cells in my hives 5 weeks ago.  Should I be seeing something different by now?  They were Italian bees.

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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2009, 04:11:46 PM »

Carnis run from black black all the way to yellow.  usually some mixture.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2009, 06:10:00 PM »

My Carnies for the most part are black black for the queens....as well as black for the drones. The workers are black with dark brown to greyish bands.

I do get a few queens that are black with some yellow bands, as well as a few that are dark brown/grey with black. I have a few Russians and some Italians that are not too far from the Carnies.

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