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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Prepping for Queens

Tonight Aaron & I made up a starter hive for accepting a frame of queen cells that I will use on Saturday when I go to David Burn's Queen Rearing class at Long Lane Honey Bee Farm.  The hive is a five frame nuc with two frames of capped brood, a frame of honey and a frame of pollen.  The fifth frame will be the larva that I transfer to the Queen cups at the class.  After I picked out my frames, I shook in as many young bees that I could from my existing hives.  They will tend to the larva by producing royal jelly and building up the queen cells.  I strapped up the hive and brought it home to be taken to the school on Saturday.  I hope everything goes well!!!

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