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Author Topic: 2 new nucs--one is queenless  (Read 628 times)
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« on: May 13, 2010, 02:14:03 PM »

Like the title says I have 2 nucs that arrived Monday.

I looked into them today and found open brood down to eggs in one (no queen though) Not a LOT of brood. Just about 1/4 of a side of open larvae and what I saw to be about 1/4 side of eggs. Didn't look much more past finding the eggs.


The second one has no open brood and about a 6" circle left of capped brood.  No eggs in sight.


Seeing how I found open brood and eggs in one hive, how feasible would it be to take their only open brood frame from hive 1 and give it to hive 2?


Other than that I need a queen.  Is there anyone near Oregon that has queens available?



Thanks for the advice.
Mark
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2010, 02:17:14 PM »

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If there is no queen, it makes soon queen cells.
If you do not see queen cells, they may have a virgin queen.

If they make queen cells, join the nucs. As a big colony it will have a rapid development. Make a new nuc later.
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2010, 02:21:08 PM »

There aren't any eggs for them to make queen cells from.


There is a queen cell that looks to have been hive tooled in the center of one of the frames.  Now is when I wish I had a mentor to look @ my hive to tell me for sure what I am seeing.


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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2010, 02:49:34 PM »

Seller just called me back.

He said exchange would be no problem. I explained that I already had them transferred, he right away said no problem. Come get another nuc and just transfer them into the center of the existing hive.

I assume he will take a light nuc... but still great response in my opinion.
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2010, 02:53:07 PM »

Awsome seller, remember them for your future needs.

On a side note Kinski may have meant to move a frame with eggs from the other nuc to see what they do with the eggs.  I'd definately called the seller first though.  Sounds like you and they handled it correctly.
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2010, 03:05:49 PM »

The seller is The Beehive
They are local to me (45minute drive)

He is a commercial beek that has a honey house storefront.  He dabbles in retail honey, equipment, etc.

I got started by buying some used equipment from him to set up 2 hives.  He charged me 20 per box. Loaded.


So for 80 bucks I got 2 deeps, 2 mediums, frames for everything, 2 top covers (migratory) and 2 bottom boards.

So far, everything except the smoker that I bought was the cheapest thing around.  I paid 40 for a Dadant large smoker.... I could have gotten an off brand for 25.  In talking to him he says he can offer me good deals like this due to the fact he buys in huge quantities. He knows what he can charge for it, but would rather keep his margins low and see another beek sprout and take off.

Hes good folk in my views.



Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2010, 09:22:06 AM »

The Beehive / Charles Is good people honest and great to deal with. He got me started with my bee's. I'm busy right now with a pluming job but when I get it done I will be glad to help you out Mark. I got some stuff for you so I need to make the trip any way.
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