April 7, 2015

I have 20 ripe queen cells due to emerge on Thursday and want to set up 15 mating nucs but it is raining! The queens will be emerging Thursday rain or shine so I may have to do it in the rain.

The rain stopped at 11:00 am so I was able to stock 10 of the nucs with bees and I will be placing a ripe queen cell in them tomorrow. The ground was too wet for me to get into one of my apiaries so I will have to set up the last 5 tomorrow in the AM and place the queen cells in the PM. I want to have the nucs queenless for several hours so they realize that they have no queen and will be more receptive to accepting the ripe queen cells.

Swarm #4: A five frame bait hive in Concord is completely full of bees, a nice swarm. I placed it in HS #4 location.

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