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Offline gardeningfireman

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Gonna try again!
« on: August 15, 2010, 07:52:48 PM »
My nuc finally has a laying queen! Now I can cut the combs to fit my TBH cutout frames and put them into their new home. To prevent this one from absconding, I plan on putting the queen into a queen catcher (hairclip style) for a couple days, and putting a feeder jar of syrup in the TBH on the other side of the follower board (I drilled a couple of holes near the bottom for access). Think this will work?
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Alan

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Re: Gonna try again!
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2010, 01:03:57 AM »
After all this time and work, maybe you should let them get settled in first?  Kind of traumatic to do a cutout and without brood them are much more likely to abscond than if you let them get some brood going first.
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Re: Gonna try again!
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2010, 11:22:57 AM »
It is getting a little late in the year, ain't it?  They are going to work real at it to build enough comb before winter.

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Re: Gonna try again!
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2010, 08:01:44 AM »
Change of plans! I'm going to put the nuc into a standard hive. That way I don't need to cut the comb and stress them out. I am going to check on a possible honeybee hive behind the sidewall of a swimming pool today. If they are honeys, I will put them into the TBH. Of course, both will get fed to help build up stores for winter.

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Re: Gonna try again!
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2010, 08:10:13 AM »
Sounds like a good plan for this time of year.
Michael Bush
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