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Winter feed.

Posted by Jason Varner on January 14, 2013 at 5:25 AM

 We had 2 days of high 40's low 50's went out the first day to wrap up the last hives and check the late nucs to see if they needed feed. There was a few I was worried about. We saved back 20 or so frames of honey for this. We put it in the house and built a nice wood fire to bring it all up to temp and we went out and yesterday and put 3 frames in the lite ones and 4 or 5 into the nreeders that got robbed hard. That said they were made late and then we had a feed spill of a few hundred gallons that started some bad robbing. The surviving breeders so far are a SKC, English Buckfast, Carn-Carpathian, Carpathian and a Hybrid 410. We have lost half of our breeders to bear and robbing but with all the survivers went through I have high hopes for their quality and rugedness. All the production hives looked better than I thought they would most are just now starting to use their stores I am figuring they will start to rear some brood in 2 weeks

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2 Comments

Reply Mybeez
8:02 AM on January 14, 2013 
Jason, does this mean that for any other types that are offered, a new breeder must be brought up from the South in early Spring for breeding? And what strains are the open mated queens exposed to when mating? Are they isolated to specific areas?
Reply Jason Varner
8:53 AM on January 14, 2013 
Mybeez says...
Jason, does this mean that for any other types that are offered, a new breeder must be brought up from the South in early Spring for breeding? And what strains are the open mated queens exposed to when mating? Are they isolated to specific areas?

If I want to graft from them early they would have to come up from down south, but if I wait till a little later they will Doc will send them from one of the northern breeder locations Or I can get AI Breeders. Open mated queens are in areas I don't try to saturate with a majority one type of drone so mate with more of a mix of types, which in my mind makes a better hive as for what type it is mainly Keystones with Sunkist then Moonbeams next this spring. Then in the summer I will add in more Carpatian, and Hybrid 410. But I do have yards that are remote and can control what drones are in the area with saturation to a level I am certain of 95% of the drones in any DCA. These I use for mating selected lines together to test daughters of selected Keystone Pollinator Breeders. If you like we can turn this into a thread in the forum on the main site if you would like me to get more into it.