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Making Double Nucleus Colonies Part II


[music] So this stage of managing
these double nucleus colonies we’re coming
back to check to see if the queens have
mated and we will find and mark the queens. We come back at about
27 days after we put the cells in. The reason we don’t come
back after two weeks is that in some cases our queen
cell didn’t work out and the bees will have
raised their own queen, so if we go through
these hives now if they have capped
brood just because of the timing, we know
that that is our queen and we can find her
and clip her and mark her. If we find that the
colony is queen right but the brood isn’t capped,
we know that that is a cell it’s a wild queen one
that they have raised, and we can keep track
of that in our records, but if we come back
after two weeks, half of them or three quarters
of them are fine but then we’ve got
virgins in other ones, it’s just a confusing
situation, so it’s better to wait until about 27
days and then check on things, then you can
work right through them and finish them right up. So Dave’s going to take
this hive apart now and check to see how
the queens have done. So peel back one
inner cover, the inner cover
on one side, we can see this partition
inner cover here as you can see this is
a good strong one. There’s the queen
cell right here, so he’ll pull that
out first, and does it look like she
hatched out Dave? Yep, alright. So everything looks
normal here, let’s hope that we find
that she’s mated then. So we’ll take out some
frames, start at the very outside here,
loosening everything up. This frame was foundation
when we put it in 27 days ago and they have
drawn that out nicely, lots of comb there and
they’ve stored some honey. So now we’re looking
for the queen, and we’ll look to see if we can find
eggs, larva and pupa. They have to be in kind
of a shady spot here, a littler trickier to
find the queen in the shade like this, but
Dave is pretty good at finding queens, so
I think he’ll do alright. There she is.
Good work Dave. Nice buckfast
markings there. Pretty heavily striped. So now Dave will
pick her up and mark her
and clip her. You’ve all seen that in
other videos, so we’ll just carry right on. So he’ll mark her and clip
her, put her back in there and then work on this side
and do the same thing. If this side is
pretty strong, and it is, then we will be able
to super the colony. So we are going to
just move over here to this hive and we’ve marked and
clipped the queen on both sides here,
lots of bees on both sides, so now we are
going to super them and we will take
this excluder, and this is a wire
rimmed excluder, they tend to get a bit
of a bend on them so we don’t
put the bend up or the queens would be
able to go back and forth like this to get at each
other and you’d only end up with one queen. So what we do is we
kind of fluff up this cloth here, so we’ll just raise it
up a little bit there so that it is nice and sealed
down in here, but raised a little bit there and
what we are trying to accomplish by doing
that is to make a good seal so when that queen
excluder sits down there there’s a when that
queen excluder sits down there it fits nice
and tight up against that cloth down below. And now we can add a
honey super on top of this and close it up. The bees from this
side of the double nuc come up and work on
this side of the box, the ones from the other
side come and work on there and then they
work towards the middle and as they fill that up we
can then add another box. So we have two colonies
sharing the same honey supers in common,
and by doing that they can put all the honey
up in the honey supers and the queens have room
to lay down in those small five frame units
down in the bottom, but it’s important that
they don’t get clogged up with honey down in
the bottom or there won’t be any room
for the queen to lay, and so we can harvest
honey from our nucs the first year that we
make them up. At the end of the year
we take that honey off, winter them as a double
nuc and as you will see in the next section of the
video, we can divide those in the springtime
into two separate hives. So that’s it. We’ll just
close the hive up.

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