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Offline Dallasbeek

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Questions about OTS queen rearing
« on: January 30, 2015, 08:17:36 PM »
I just checked my two hives and they're really light.  I had not harvested honey, wanting to get them through the winter. I'm feeding using the Mountain Camp method to get them through the rest of the winter.  Anyway, I'd like to try OTS queen rearing, but I'm afraid these bees won't have enough stores built up at the right time for starting queens.  Is it possible to give them syrup and pollen sustitute when they're rearing queens?  If so, what kind of syrup -- 1-1 or 2-1? 
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Re: Questions about OTS queen rearing
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2015, 10:43:11 PM »
You probably won't try raising queens until there is some kiind of flow. By then you should have drones. When it warms you can start feeding syrup 1 / 1 is what people usually use for build up.

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Re: Questions about OTS queen rearing
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2015, 12:56:51 AM »
Okay, thanks.  I still need to know if pollen substitute is okay for the OTS.
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Re: Questions about OTS queen rearing
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2015, 09:50:38 AM »
Sure, I do the OTS and feed them pollen sub in the spring, I limit the use because of the SHB and don't feel they need it after the dandelions bloom, but that's my area, you might more feeding.
As far as the splitting and OTS, what your doing is creating a artificial swarm, you have to judge the strength of your hive, so build them up anyway you see fit IMO.
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Re: Questions about OTS queen rearing
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2015, 10:55:04 PM »
Use the 1/1 syrup to simulate a flow, and give them pollen sub when they have nothing else. BOTH will help you get an early start to brood rearing. Once you start, dont stop until your sure they have a good flow. Typically, they will stop taking the pollen sub as soon as the real stuff is available..   Syrup.. some bees stop taking it, others dont, mine are usually gluttons, and will pack every cell in their hives with syrup if I feed them enough of it. I usually feed in spring with fewer holes in the jar lids. Enough to feed brood, but not enough to store away.
   You will get the BEST queens when the flow is on.. if they are taking pollen sub and syrup, the chances are its WAY to early to make queens, because you wont have drones yet..  If you are feeding because of dearth in the summer, thats a different story. If in Dearth, yes, syrup and pollen sub will work.
   I would however, like to see someone do a study on the queens produced from such a method compared to queens produced from natural pollen and nectar...   
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Re: Questions about OTS queen rearing
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2015, 07:44:59 PM »
Thanks, guys.  Now, with our latest cold, sleet, snow (about 3 inches today), freezing rain, etc., I'm just hoping I have some hives to work with.  Two days ago it got up to 50 f and I didn't see any activity, so I'm concerned enough to wake up in the middle of the night to think about it.  I gave them sugar (mountain camp method) when I found them exceedingly light, but maybe they went through it and I can't open the hive to check until next Monday or Tuesday.  If they're still alive, I'll give them syrup when it's warmer.  Meanwhile, my fingers are crossed.  Supposed to be in the low 70s Tuesday.  Texas weather!
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Re: Questions about OTS queen rearing
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2015, 10:03:37 PM »
I'm in Central Arkansas and have started feeding 1-1 sugar syrup with Pro Health and Ulta Bee Dry feed. When the bees start bringing in pollen they will stop using the Dry Feed.
The 1-1 syrup stimulates the bees wax glands and the Pro Health gives them Amino Acids.
The Dry Feed gives them Protein.
I'm waiting for this cool weather to break to see how my bees are fairing.
They were laying good and then wham here came the cold weather.
Suppose to be 70 degrees F Tuesday and 41 degrees for a high Wednesday.
I've got everything ready to start grafting as soon as I see drones.

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