Here is what one customer said about the feral queen and her hive this year.
“I’m currently in the process of raising me queens from her — I moved a frame of brood with eggs to a nuc with some nurse bees, and now have 2 emergency queen cells in that nuc that should hatch in about a week. Over the weekend, I moved the queen to a different nuc for 3 days to let her lay eggs. I checked her today and had a full frame of eggs, so I moved her back to the hive, and left the nurse bees to tend the eggs. I’ll check them in a week or so to see if they’ll make me a new queen. I want to continue these genetics if possible.
“I’ll be placing an order soon for more foundationless frames. I want to replace all my frames with yours since they work so well. Just fyi, what I did was coat some popsicle sticks with beeswax to make a starter strip, and I also coated the middle bars with wax to help them get started. That technique took a little time to do, but the results are well woth it. Please feel free to share my photos on your blog or website.”
We are so happy when customers have a good experience with hives they receive from us! Thanks for sharing!