Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mating Nucs Update 2

I prepared three nucs with couple of capped brood frames and one queen cell each. When I checked two weeks ago, I saw larvae in only one nuc. So, I thought the queens on other nucs didn't emerge, so I bought an extra queen, Jeremy Rose's russian queen. I installed her in a cage to one nuc.

The day I planned to release her, I opened the hive, pulled out the first frame and saw a queen just in front of my eyes. Usually, I am terrible in spotting the queen. What a luck :)

On the fly, I did a split. I have now 4 nucs, all queens are laying eggs. How exciting this is?

Here are two of these queens and their royal chambers:

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