Monthly Archives: July 2014

Raising a new Queen (part 2/3)

Today we checked to see if thy royalty or royalties have revealed themself(ves). Our experiment: We had a queenless nuc with three queen cells, two of which we left and one that we cut out and stuck in an isolated box … Continue reading

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Raising a new Queen (part 1/3)

This week it will be my first time to raise a queen. It’s a process that will take several steps and checks. And, it will also be a bit of an experiment for us so at this point in time, … Continue reading

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Update: picking up our Nuc

Today we’re off to pick up our little ones after their 10 day field trip in sunny Esquimalt. We hope to find a productive queen with her team of ambitious girls. As soon as we arrive, it’s clear that our … Continue reading

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Recipe to make a new nuc

Say what? A nuc (nucleus) is a small colony of bees usually consisting of 4- 5 frames. A mini nuc is a tiny mating nuc. Ours has three tiny frames and a feeding basin. We nuc it up for a reason: It’s … Continue reading

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