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NatBIP News No9

[…]Programme Who can participate in NatBIP? One of the mating nucs at the Special Apiary Project at Sandringham. NatBIP is appropriate for all beekeepers from the very small-scale to large-scale commercial beekeepers. Everyone can contribute and make a difference. We accept that everyone’s starting position is different, but we start with the bees in our area. The principal rule is […]

November 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]evaluation of colonies. In practice, the Landesverband Dunkle Biene Bayern e.V. has the use of a mating station in Bavaria to produce pure bred queens. This is operated by our first Chairman, Armin Lochner. Assessments of colonies with queens mated here in 2021 were so positive that the number of drone colonies in 2022 was increased to 30 colonies with […]

BIM 47 – Autumn 2016

[…]nucs with some degree of confidence. . . QR at Keepers Cottage – Peter Edwards Stands for mating nucs were then installed — appropriately made from hexagonal paving slabs — and we were ready to start! Black bees in Wales – Eifion Williams Adaptation and resourcefulness is a key factor to beekeeping and I wanted to create the boxes cheaply. […]

Keith Pierce “Apideas: Their operation and maintenance”

[…]keep ahead of your beekeeping problems, each beekeeper should ideally operate a percentage of mini mating nucs, according to the amount of honey producing hives that they keep. The aim is to always have a surplus of spare queens, to stay ahead of the needs of the bees. It should help you to fix most of the beekeeping problems that […]
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“Bee Improvement for All” (BIFA) Days

[…]queen cells for those who want more queens. Changing queens in colonies. Making up mating nuclei. Getting queens mated. Working with other beekeepers and the local BKA. [/column-half-1][column-half-2]There will be plenty of information on colony management, with emphasis on understanding what is happening inside colonies and keeping things simple. Many beekeepers believe some of the current bee problems have partly […]

John Harding Queen Rearing

[…]better that your queen cells are staggered by date, it makes it easier when making up queen mating nuclei over several days rather than all in one day. I make up these on the 10th day after grafting, so you see that writing it down or taking a photograph is a must and does make life so much easier. Four […]

NatBIP News No13

[…]with drones from the surrounding area. This is in contrast to other agricultural livestock where matings can be controlled and specific crosses produced at will. The use of exotic queens does not just affect the colonies that they are introduced to; there is a knock-on effect on the local population. Drones produced by imported queens will mate with new queens […]

NatBIP News No12

[…]‘good’ drones. Instead of being subject to difficulties in your area, you may be able to take nucs and mini-nucs to a more favourable mating apiary to get the queens mated with more compatible drones. * ‘Incompatible’ drones are ones that increase the hybridisation of the sub-species, produce negative characteristics in offspring (e.g swarminess, aggressiveness, etc.) and future generations do […]

Improving bees by raising your own queens

[…]covering are:- Colony handling techniques. Making up and managing queen mating colonies and nuclei. Discussing and demonstrating Q/C building methods. Clipping and marking queens and drones. Q/C raising colonies. Assessing colonies and deciding which to raise queens from and which to replace. Selection criteria. Recording. Working with other beekeepers. Setting up and running a bee improvement facility. Equipment required - […]

BOBBI Spring 2022 Newsletter

[…]a second apiary where we keep the drone hives.  This way, we try to control (as best we can) the mating of our queens. Its possible the mating apiary was over stocked last year for the available forage.  So this year we have decided to limit the number of full hives to 2 starter/finisher hives and 2 queen castles housing […]