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Offline specialkayme

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Re: How do I increase population in an OH this time of year?
« Reply #40 on: February 22, 2010, 12:23:22 PM »

How do you know they were nurse bees?

I shook them off a frame of brood, in the middle of the day when the temps were in the low 60's. Since the foragers were flying around, I just assumed the ones on the brood frame were nurse bees.

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Re: How do I increase population in an OH this time of year?
« Reply #41 on: February 22, 2010, 01:07:54 PM »

How do you know they were nurse bees?

I shook them off a frame of brood, in the middle of the day when the temps were in the low 60's. Since the foragers were flying around, I just assumed the ones on the brood frame were nurse bees.

I'd say you are right.  How much brood did they have?  I'm in TN too, but I haven't opened my hives yet and I'm wondering how much brood I might have by now.

I thought that it was generally safe to move nurse bees from one hive to another - at least safe as far as fighting and killing the queen goes.

Maybe they just didn't care for the Hawaiian queen.  Was she a Carniolan?
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