Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123
Results 21 to 25 of 25

Thread: Last Queen

  1. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Scottish Borders
    Posts
    407

    Default

    I have taken mini nucs through the winter before with reasonable success but that was in the "balmy" east mids. I am not trying this winter as I ran out of time but I am pondering the best way to do it for next season. If I take out the partition for the food compartment they take 6 bars so I have hopes.

    PH

  2. #22
    Senior Member Greengage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    511
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default

    I gave it to a friend who will take it through winter as I have no room or enough equipment. Think Iv spent the budget on the extractor and need more reading material for senior scientific exam thinking of buying both Celia Davis books and one on Anatomy by Dade. What do you think.

  3. #23
    Senior Member Jon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Belfast, N. Ireland
    Posts
    5,107
    Blog Entries
    94

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Poly Hive View Post
    I have taken mini nucs through the winter before with reasonable success but that was in the "balmy" east mids. I am not trying this winter as I ran out of time but I am pondering the best way to do it for next season. If I take out the partition for the food compartment they take 6 bars so I have hopes.

    PH
    I have got a few through the winter on several occasions but a really cold spell will usually see then end of them. Very handy to have a couple of queens in March or April to replace any drone layers.

  4. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Exiled Scot, North of Stoke on Trent,
    Posts
    437

    Default

    I am trying to overwinter 4 queens in:
    1 in Apidea plus upper section with an insulated cover.
    2 in a Mann Lake double mini nuc with added insulation
    1 in a home made poly mini nuc using 6 x apidea sized frames.

    As a test to see which is best..(I suspect home made but wdik)

  5. #25
    Senior Member Adam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Norfolk East Anglia, South Scotland
    Posts
    764

    Default

    I've overwintered in three swi-bines gaffa taped together; anything smaller is a real gamble.

    I had the last two queens mated recently - eggs and larvae seen at the weekend. Both are 'unplanned' as they are supercedure queens; one from a harvested q/c from a (good) old girl that was being replaced, the other is a supercedure from a 2017 queen that was not up to the mark.The colonies they are in are large enough that they should be OK for winter.

    I should have left the bees to get on with it replacing the old girl. She is still in her hive and no more supercedure queencells have been made, but she is slowing down and will unlikely be any good in spring.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •