Nucs finally arrived

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Zulu, May 13, 2011.

  1. Zulu

    Zulu Member

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    With weather delays my nucs were 6 weeks late, but are finally here, arrived in the rain, so I waited till a gap, and around 3pm yesterday moved them into their permanent homes, as the breeder said they were very full and needed to be changed over ASAP.

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    Also took my second super off the big hive yesterday - 9 frames fully capped, so baited the empty super with the 10th one - which had one side still uncapped. I have already taken 4 frames off that hive. The top super still on there has 5 frames capped already, but the girls were testy with the weather , so I did not break the hive down further. I have under-supered with foundation on box 4, with the one partially capped frame in it too.

    Oh yes, I have traditionally not used gloves but after two big swellings , I used those cheap Nitryl blue gloves and they worked wonders, felt a number of hits on my hands but not a single penetration. Happy day.
     
  2. Omie

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    Very nice... I love seeing fresh wood new young hives all neatly lined up like that! :thumbsup:
     

  3. tecumseh

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    a question or two for ya' Zulu....

    did you pick up those boxes or were they shipped and what's the deal with the blue tape?
     
  4. Zulu

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    I picked them up about 40 min drive away

    The tape idea is my way to ID the hives and for bees to see a difference.

    The big hive has used up all my Wooden ware so I have had to get busy. The one un varnished hive will have to be swapped out as soon as I get another deep built and varnished.

    I have used baggie feeders on all small hives today (refilled the swarm baggies) and making proper feeders at present - while still building extra supers.