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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.