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First batch of new queens mated and laying since June 1st 2019

posted Jun 4, 2018, 4:18 PM by Helen Mooney   [ updated Jul 2, 2019, 2:59 PM ]

Several of the inital grafts and swarm cells from breeder colonies,  are now mated and laying queens (June 1st - July 1st 2019) , which I recently marked (green) and clipped.  I wait 8 days until I see a good pattern of flat capped worker brood and depending on how quickly the queen is running out of room to lay, the first nucs will are ready ready for collection by mid June.

2018 Queens Out Mating This Week

posted May 24, 2018, 2:26 PM by Helen Mooney

Nature has its own mysterious way of catching up after a prolonged winter.  Surviving bees have, of course, proven to be warrior like in terms of survival and in advancing to the next phase of the colony life cycle: swarming!!   The result? We have been able to spare enough nurse bees to rear grafted larvae into queen cells, so that, our eager beginners' class will be able to start their beekeeping journey by mid June as was tentatively predicted a month or so ago. Please get in touch via the 'bees for sale' link  to reserve your five or six frame nuc.

Nuc Update: 1st May 2018

posted Mar 20, 2018, 12:41 PM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated May 2, 2018, 2:47 AM by Helen Mooney ]

Our stronger colonies have filled their first brood box and of these, the cell raising colonies will soon be given a second brood box.  In the meantime, I noted sealed drone boood last weekend which suggests that drones could be emerging within the next 3 weeks.  They will need a week to mature before this years DCAs (Drone Congregation Areas) are established. 

We have not started queen rearing as yet so nucs can not be considered until the middle of June.  This can mean an agonising wait for beginners who just want to get started, but believe me it is worth waiting until mid JUne to guarantee you are buying a well established nuc with a well mated queen.  Do not be tempted to buy nucs any sooner.

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