Nucleus Method of Artificial Swarm Control - CDBKA Chesterfield Beekeepers

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Nucleus Method of Artificial Swarm Control

Equipment required:
·         Nucleus box with frames of drawn comb (ideally) or wax foundation.
On finding unsealed Queen cells proceed as follows:
Making up the nuc:-
  1. Close off the nuc     entrance.  Put a frame of stores     plus the bees on it into the nuc box. (Check for queen cells & remove     them)
  2. Find the queen and put her and     the frame she is on in the nuc box. (Again, check for queen cells &     remove them.) There must be some brood on this frame.
  3. Shake the bees from two more     frames into the nuc box
  4. Add three frames of drawn comb     or foundation (place one either side of the stores and brood frames) and     close up.
  5. Open the nuc entrance and     immediately block it loosely with grass.  Place the nuc on a new stand. Feed the     nucleus 2:1 syrup.  (Check after     24-48hrs that the bees have released themselves and remove the grass if     they haven’t.)  
  6. Inspect weekly and this nuc     will build into a new colony unless you choose to recombine it later with     the original hive – AND - you also have the old queen as a fall-back if     the new queen fails.
In the colony you have just removed the Queen from: -
This colony has just lost its Queen so shouldn’t swarm.
  1. Go through the colony carefully     looking for QC’s.  Pick ONE open     queen cell with a larva, in a good position, and mark the top of that     frame.  Knock all the other QC’s     down.
  2. Rebuild the hive filling up the     gaps with frames of foundation and close up the colony
One week later
  1. There will have been eggs in     the original colony when you removed the queen so the bees will have used     some of these eggs to make emergency Queen Cells.  GENTLY (don’t shake the frame) check     the marked frame to ensure your chosen queen cell is still there and is     now sealed.  If it is still     unsealed, missing or damaged choose another sealed Queen cell.  
  2. Shake bees from all other     frames and knock down all other emergency Queen cells you find.
Leave the colony alone for three weeks and then check for eggs/brood (A new laying queen!) but it can take up to six weeks before you see signs of brood. If you don’t see brood after six weeks, ask for help.
  • Make sure you know the     difference between supersedure cells (which you leave for the     colony to sort out) and swarm cells (where you must do a swarm control)
  • Don’t leave more than one queen     cell in a colony!
  • If any of the Queen cells in     your original colony are sealed, it’s likely you are too late and the     colony has already swarmed.
Where to find us at our club nights.
We meet every 2nd Monday in the month, at Whittington Moor Methodist Church at 7.30pm with the exceptions of Bank Holidays.
Whittington Moor Methodist Church Hall S41 8NA
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