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ronwhite3030
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« on: September 11, 2010, 11:21:13 AM »

i am in northern california, what moth is best to start messing with my hive and start trying to raise queens out of it?
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2010, 10:15:23 PM »

I don't know about your area, but I personally would not be able to use a certain moth to raise queens grin

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2010, 10:32:05 PM »

Hi Ron, how are you doing?

I think May through July make good queens for me, but some of that answer depends on what you want from your queens and of course the weather that year.  Sometimes I add drone comb around end of Feb/first of March and start the queen rearing near middle of march to first of April, but for me so far, the better queens come later. I think the weather is better and more stable a little later, like in May, after the April showers and during the May flowers.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2010, 10:52:57 PM »

  the time to start if you want early is once night time temps are at or above 50 deg, so around here end of april start of may-any earlier and its just practice- Wink RDY-B
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2010, 05:20:44 AM »

thanks guys thats the answer i was looking for, i cant wait to play with and make queens next year
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2010, 11:30:21 AM »

I'm not from there, of course, but a lot of drones is a good indication they have the resources and inclination to rear queens.
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