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justgojumpit
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« on: June 15, 2004, 12:10:48 AM »

hey everyone! i know i've been away for a while, but i have a problem.  Yes, i know... it's nearly midnight rolleyes !  I built myself a second nuc box, because i'm selling two splits to a fellow who is painting our house.  i have one rearing its queen already for like 10 days, but once i finished this nuc box, i just couldnt wait to get bees in it.  so i did it just now.  by candle light (the flashlight died just as i had the hive opened) rolleyes there was no way i could possibly find the queen, so i'll look for her in the nuc box tomorrow.  i figured, there are 20 frames in the hive, and i'm taking 4, and adding a frame of foundation "on the house."  that leaves me a 20% chance of getting the queen in there.  now one of these frames was capped brood. down to 15%.  and another frame is nectar. down to 10%.  we'll see tomorrow how bad my luck really is!  

my question is this: if the queen is in the nuc box, can i return her to the original hive, or will this hive no longer accept her?

thank you all so much!

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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2004, 08:56:11 AM »

I appreciate your probabilty calculations, but beekeeping does not follow normal probability.  It is almost certain that the queen will be where you don't want her. Cheesy

If you do find her in the nuc,  there should be no problem putting her back in the mother hive today.
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2004, 08:07:21 PM »

probability prevailed in the end (this time!) next time i may not be so lucky lol  rolleyes

thanks for the quick reply, i will keep your advice in mind if i botch things in the future.

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