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Offline jimmy

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raising queens question
« on: July 29, 2009, 05:58:33 PM »
I shook some bees ,put a frame of honey,a frame of capped brood , a drawn empty frame ,a frame with 26 grafted cell cups and a deep feeder for sugar water. How important is it for the placement of the cell cup frame? Also moved that nuc 4 miles away. Thanks

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Re: raising queens question
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009, 01:07:20 AM »
I'd just put it in the middle.  However... I'm no expert at raising queens but I would think that you should have LOTS more bees for queen rearing than those that will fit in just a 5 frame nuc.  The more bees the better. 

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Re: raising queens question
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009, 02:50:15 AM »
frame of nectar, frame of 26 cells, frame of sealed brood, empty frame, feeder. That's the order I'd use. Make sure you have good population of nurse bees and put in some pollen substitute as well like a pollen patty. Or take out that empty drawn frame and put in a frame that has good supply of pollen stores in it.
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Re: raising queens question
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2009, 07:24:41 AM »
If your only using a 5 frame nuc, then I'm with Ray on the order.  However, I agree with home that 5 frames is not enough.

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Re: raising queens question
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2009, 10:00:24 AM »
You need a hive overflowing with bees.  Five frames will work, but only if there is pollen, honey, not too much brood for them to feed besides the queens and bees "packed down, shaken together and running over". (don't actually pack them down.  That's just a Biblical quote for the concept.)
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