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Today we started our Queen Rearing experiment, we are going to follow the Millar method which seems the easier one to try for backyard Bee-keepers like ourselves.
We have decided to use Honey 1, the Queen is the best tempered and Honey 1 is currently our only hive. So the choices were not great.
The basic principle is that you put in an empty frame with comb in the centre of the brood and the Queen will lay eggs on it.
Three days later you take it out and place it into a Queenless NUC box. We have been busy in the workshop building NUCS for this experiment.
Google “Millar Method” for a more detailed explanation of the process.
So today is day one, we need to take out the frame after day three and check for eggs. I lit a fire today to provide some hot embers for our smoker and then the heavens opened up, just my luck after three days of perfect weather. But as the weather does in Auckland half an hour later it was sunny again and the bees were back to work. So I quickly got my Bee Suit back on and it was down to our Bee Garden.
Check back in a few days for an update on our Millar experiment.