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Winter update

Posted by Jason Varner on December 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Here is a Moonbeam up date. Was out yesterday checking hives and wrapping them up. Temp was mid 40's. Moonbeams are holding nice clusters and were flying heavy collecting Ultra-Bee pollen-sub we had out in dry feeders for them. Only others with any activity were my Keystone Pollinators but was half the activity,NSSK, Carnis and Carpathians were out some but not enough to really count and the SKC were clustered real tight and were not moving much. But will say all I let strong and didn't split hard made a deep and a half of honey some up to 2.5 deeps. Flows in our area were typical if early most of the time. Aster has been my go to crop for winter since the last 3 years in a row it made almost enough that we didn't need to feed but 1 or 2 5# honey jars of syrup with a little equalizing.

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6 Comments

Reply bite
7:45 PM on December 17, 2012 
Thanks for the update Jason. Good information
Reply Mybeez
1:04 PM on December 23, 2012 
Jason: did you make it to the PSBA mtg. in November?
Reply Mybeez
1:16 PM on December 23, 2012 
Jason: I know that the MB's are the result of many II crosses, but are they F1 Hybrids or a "line" that will produce offspring that retain the original qualities of the purchased queens?
Reply Jason Varner
6:41 PM on December 23, 2012 
Mybeez says...
Jason: did you make it to the PSBA mtg. in November?

No I didn't. I was in Fl and hurt my elbow came back then had surgery to fix it. So was not up for it.
Reply Jason Varner
6:46 PM on December 23, 2012 
Mybeez says...
Jason: I know that the MB's are the result of many II crosses, but are they F1 Hybrids or a "line" that will produce offspring that retain the original qualities of the purchased queens?

I graft from MB breeders then open mate them to a mix of drones. So the queen is a Pure MB but most of her daughters will be F1, but her drones will be pure MB since their genes all come from the queen. Next year I do plan to have MB queens that are mated to most MB drones need to locate a few more yards that will be controllable.
Reply Mybeez
12:20 PM on January 1, 2013 
OK, please let me know if you are successful in doing so. I would be very interested in that particular queen.
I graft from MB breeders then open mate them to a mix of drones. So the queen is a Pure MB but most of her daughters will be F1, but her drones will be pure MB since their genes all come from the queen. Next year I do plan to have MB queens that are mated to most MB drones need to locate a few more yards that will be controllable.
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