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    Some of the Irish suppliers have them GG. I have seen them at the trade stands.

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    tks ill check it out

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    Its possible to use Keilers if you have the upper boxes
    What you do is lift the frames up into the upper box and let them draw comb down through both boxes
    Its might too late in the season now to work though
    Its only worth doing if you already have Keilers because the cost of buying a Keiler and extension would get you something better

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Drone Ranger View Post
    Its possible to use Keilers if you have the upper boxes ...
    I've used little stand-alone mini-nucs this summer, DR, and I've decided they're absolutely horrible to work with. Whatever I use in future must be stackable and extendable - so, the Kielers will be good too. I have one unit. I'll use it next summer.

    I've followed Busybeephilip's suggestion and made up nucs for the last two queens from the horrible little mini nucs, and cut out the left-over brood and fitted them into the Mini Plus frames, and gave them to the first queen I've moved over to a Mini Plus a couple of weeks ago.

    Kitta

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    fingers crossed kitta

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellifera Crofter View Post
    I've used little stand-alone mini-nucs this summer, DR, and I've decided they're absolutely horrible to work with.
    My experience too, I have apideas, kielers and mini plus hives (those from abelo )and though I've used a few apideas and have put a few batches of cells through the kielers the minI plus is the future for me, I wont be bothering trying to overwinter any kielers but will hopefully have fifty or so mini pluses going into winter.

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    Do you use you mini plus mini nucs as doubles or singles?

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    Yeh, the mini plus boxes have got a bit of extra space for a bigger population of bees so better chance of survival through the spring. with small colonies the bees perish in the spring as old bees die off before the new young are born to replace them which is why you need a good strong pop of bees going into winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Do you use you mini plus mini nucs as doubles or singles?
    I use them as doubles (split box with two separate entrances )for queen mating and like to overwinter on single or double brood, this spring I had loads of frames of ivy stores ready to go from the double broods, I'd imagined they'd have turned it all to brood by the time the first cells were ready to go out but not so, maybe because varroa could have been hampering spring expansion.

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    On Sunday 8/6 egg laid in cupkit.
    10/8 eggs inserted into Queenless colony builder.
    13/8 grafts taken.
    15/8 qc capped
    20/8 cell moved to incubator
    23/8 queen emerges.
    25/8 queen inserted in Apidea
    28/8 opened entrance to Apidea
    8/9 no eggs
    12/9 no eggs
    22/9 no eggs
    28/9 Eggs Eggs yippee.
    Ah now what ?
    Last edited by Greengage; 28-09-2017 at 02:57 PM.

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