Hello, I thought people ran away from this chat room after my last post, lol
I have performed two artificial swarm control early the year and only got to raise one queen (Ruby), I thought she was not laying well as had only four frame of brood. I gave a full 8 frames of stores to the colony from a laying worker colony which I kicked out from the hive.
The laying worker bees colony did not raise a queen successful so decided to removed the hive from it’s location and let the flying bees find its new home. I shook all the bees out 100 yards away and most the flying bees are at the bottom of the Ruby’s colony in the evening, during the day they are foraging.
I have bought two Nuc boxes from Honey Paw and will get some more for swarm control and raising new queens each year, if I don’t need them I shall sell the Nuc bees as long as it has successful laying queen. That way I can be making my own queen each year when I am preventing swarm control. As my colony are large I will buy 3 Nuc Boxes per colony for swarm control. The Nuc boxes take 4 frame and have a top feeder.
Snow White my 2016 queen started off slow they stayed to 10 frames of brood however rather than working on the super they were storing in brood box, I moved all the stores last weekend at the bottom and uncapped the honey, the bees started to move the honey into the supper.
Snow white’s daughter Fire Opal my 2017 queen expanded very early in the season and had about 16 frames of brood by April, I performed an artificial swarm with both colonies using Snelgrove method.
Though Fire Opal daughter queen was not successful this is the colony which had laying workers.
Fire Opal’s colony has four frames ready to harvest at present, I shall be harvest the frames that are fully capped. I have never pulled the frames out to see if they are capped nor will I do that, I just been observing from the window to see if they are capped from the side, as the bees have been starting to fill the honey from center 1st and move on to the edges.