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Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]to their mother queen), and those drones being numerous, the chances of one or more of them mating with any queen that happened by a congregation would therefore be increased, thus passing those ‘many-drones’ genes on to the next generation. That new generation would then produce many drones again and those, having the advantage of numbers, would once again dominate […]

Let’s Go Beekeeping!

[…]Preparing supers for extraction; Removing unwanted food from brood combs; Making up a two frame nuc; Roger’s inspection kit; cold or warm way?; Protecting a queen cell; Assembling national frames and boxes; and, most recently, the Toggle hive strap. For three days, except for a change of clothes, this is how we were dressed. The bees were a delight. Like […]

March 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]Closures I am in the process of making some wooden mating nucs that are part of a system that is a different concept of producing queens than the usual methods. I will explain the method later, but I had a need for some sort of entrance closure other than the usual grass. The most suitable was the round enclosures, that […]

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 […]

A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]colonies). Transfer larvae from the selected breeder queen. Distribute queen cells (or queens) to mating nuclei. Distribute mated queens. Most methods involve converting a full-sized colony into a cell raiser by either removing the queen or by physically separating the cell-raising portion of the colony from the queen.   In contrast, in the Vorstman method, the cell raiser is produced by […]
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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 […]
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Jeroen Vorstman “Queen Rearing Simplified”

[…]apiary and sell products from the hive under the name La Reine (French for Queen), queens, nucs and provide pollination services. Lecture Title: “Queen Rearing Simplified” Queen rearing simplified is about rearing the best quality queens and is useful for small and medium sized apiaries. The method is based on standard equipment and standard frames, so no need for small […]
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Caging Virgin Queens

[…]Alternative Methods for Holding Virgin Honey Bee Queens for One Week in Mailing Cages before Mating Gianluigi Bigio , Christoph Grüter, Francis L. W. Ratnieks  Published: November 16, 2012 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050150 Abstract In beekeeping, queen honey bees are often temporarily kept alive in cages. We determined the survival of newly-emerged virgin honey bee queens every day for seven days in […]

A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]Eighe. No other beekeepers/feral colonies were known to be in the area at that time and drone-free mating hives housing virgins were set up as a test, as no successful mating was achieved a number of hives were established on the reserve. New queens were successfully grafted, mated and reared from more brood retrieved from the source apiary and these […]

Leek and Moorlands – ST9

[…]for cell raising, and grafed larvae and also used the Jenter  system..  We used Apidea mini-nucs for mating.  We also trained 4 members in instrumental insemination. Further Info You can see full details and register for information on our meetup site […]

Some history of the East Midlands group

[…]crossbar on which the mini-nuc rests. A thick band of rubber cut from a car inner tube straps the nuc to the stake. The mini-nucs are sited so as to give the bees something to help them orient on to the site, such as a bush or small tree. This reduces losses due to queens returning to the wrong nuc. […]

Laesoe 2004

[…]has 180 members who make use of both 25 regional (non-isolated) and five isolated alpine mating stations, mating some 6,000 queens per annum. Breeding stock is selected on behavioural and morphometric criteria. One canton, Glarus in the east of the country, has granted A. m. mellifera protected status; the federal government has refused to extend this status nationwide but has […]

Native Honey Bees

[…]rather than soil the hive and possibly spread disease. Despite the odd report of Apiary Vicinity Mating (AVM) being observed in other races, it is thought that only Amm are capable of performing this useful function on a regular basis. If correct, it may suggest that some of the problems seen in U.K. and Irish conditions where poor mating in […]

Find, Mark & Clip the Queen

[…]can be quite difficult to find the queen of a very small colony such as a weak nucleus or a mini mating-nucleus. This is probably due to the fact that in these tiny colonies the queen is more likely to run onto the floor or sidewalls and it may be necessary to remove all the frames before she is found […]