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The Poor man's method (Hopkins)

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  • The Poor man's method (Hopkins)

    Hello all.

    I hope today will be the year I do some queen rearing for myself.
    I have a surviving beehive that threw a swarm last year (the swarm did not survive winter) and I'm thinking to myself: "These bees are getting adapted to my local environment."

    That's why I want to go ahead with this hive and make some more queens from this line.

    This is what I'm thinking of doing. Any feedback is welcome.

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    1. I'll wait untill I have a hive that's building up really nice.
    2. I'll look for the Q in that hive and put her in a new box with all eggs I can find and move that Q to another apiary. (with enough bees so she can build up again)
    3. From my surviving hive I'll remove a frame of eggs and young larvae and put that frame (without the bees) on top of the queenless hive - using the Hopkins method - this will be the only source to draw queens from.
    4. I'll harvest the queens on day 9 leaving one or two for the hive and move them into mating nucs.
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    Any comments? Suggestions?

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    I've never tried this or even heard about it. I'll check out the link to the Youtube video. Good luck.