update on cone-o-bees

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Zookeep, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Zookeep

    Zookeep Active Member

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    I moved the bees from the cone into a nuc a while back and now its ready for a full brood box so this afternoon I moved them into a 10 frame, funny but I can never find the queen in that hive, looked many times and even during the move today still no sight.
     

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  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Nice. :thumbsup:
    I notice those are what I consider to be dark bees, and I have always had trouble finding queens in a dark colony. I actually have trouble finding dark queens period because I don't come across them all that often so my eyes aren't trained to see them. :shock:
     

  3. Zookeep

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    ya very dark, wish I could find her, 1 heck of a egg machine, all 5 frames in the nuc had brood on all sides, I would say it was 1 frame of bees when I put them in the nuc, was a very small hive was not sure if they were gonna make it or not.
     
  4. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    When you do find her, mark her with a dab of paint (according to the color code of the year). She'll be much easier to find then.
     
  5. tecumseh

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    unlike efmesch I would paint her with whatever paint stick I had in my pocket as soon as I spotted the girl. much like Perry siting unpainted dark queens has always been difficult for me and some people seem to think I am somewhat gifted in regards to spotting queens in general (or at least they pay me quite handsomely for this perceived talent).
     
  6. efmesch

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    Tec, my intention was that zookeep (or anyone who wants to mark a queen) should be prepared to paint with the proper color coded stick. I have a set of five tiny paint cans with the code colors. When I want to mark a queen, I go to the hive with the color of the year ready for my paint stick.
     
  7. Zookeep

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    1 thing I am still not real comfortable with is grabbing the queens, hurt a leg or anything and they go into replacement mode and sets the hole hive back, I know its something I need to work on with the luck Ive had raising queens, think I need 1 of those marking tubes, I might feel better doing that way.
     
  8. G3farms

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    Grab up some drones and mark them, good practice!! They are wiggly and you will have to hold on to them.
     
  9. efmesch

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    As G3 said-but be prepared for possible unexpected surprises from them (NOT stings). :queen:
     
  10. Zookeep

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    doing real well

    after the main yard Anthony and I went back to my house and opened up cone-o-bees and we found the queen, hive is ready for a 2nd box and looks to be hauling in the honey at a good rate:grin:
     

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  11. melrose

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    Found her in the third picture. Nice stripes she has on her, very unusual. :thumbsup:
     
  12. PerryBee

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    Found her on the first 3 pictures. :thumbsup: :lol:
    Quickest give-away, look for the floret pattern of bees around her, they all turn to face her and form a distinct pattern that gives her away.