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Author Topic: Spacing of Mini Mating Nucs  (Read 2953 times)
larry tate
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« on: October 24, 2009, 02:22:52 PM »

What is the closest to put mini mating next to each other to have success. Your experience is appreciated
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2009, 03:37:41 PM »

I don't know how others may do it, but ours are spread all over the yard. Some within inches of each other.

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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2009, 05:45:45 PM »

I would space them as much as your situation allows.  The further they are the better odds of them finding the right one.  I don't use mini nucs, but I do end up with mine fairly dense because I don't have the room to spread them out.

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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2009, 06:11:53 PM »

How long do you keep the Queens in the mini mating nucs before they outgrow them? I am thinking of growing queens but don't have a  regular schedule. I'd like to grow a batche every once in a while. Can I just put the bees back into a regular hive or will they fight?
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2009, 08:29:03 PM »

>How long do you keep the Queens in the mini mating nucs before they outgrow them?

I use two full sized medium frames and they quickly out grow them and I often split the mating nucs.
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2009, 04:02:36 PM »

I use 5 frame deep nucs as my mating hives and I put them just about wherever I can.  You can use them as your mating hives and steal brood or queens as needed.  Starting in early August I raise fresh queens for overwintering.  I make note of what 2 deep hives have questionable "old" queens (over 1 year old in the Spring) and I replace them with the overwintered queens from the nucs in the Spring.  It's surprisingly easy to find a marked queen in a recently overwintered hive.  If a hive fails to overwinter I drop the nuc in there.   I refill the nuc box with a swarm (trapped or captured) or any frames with active queen cells I run across.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2010, 07:26:29 PM »

I do place my matting nucs in groups of 4, facing different direction, painted in different colors.
The space between nucs can be 10 feet or so, depending on the yards.

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