New Moon Apiary located in Yarmouth, Maine
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Queen Bees, Package Bees, Nucs, Raw Honey
Located in Yarmouth, Maine

Karen Thurlow   newmoonapiary@gmail.com

Queen Bees, Package Bees and Nucleus Hives

Queens

Northern raised Carniolan queens marked and bred $40 call 207-329-9934 or email newmoonapiary@gmail.com.

You will want to requeen when you have an old queen, a poorly laying queen, no queen or an angry hive. Some beekeepers requeen to change the race of bees they have.

The queen can make all the difference in strength of your split consider this -

A queen lays around 1,200 eggs a day after being installed and reaching full egg production.
Egg to Queen 49 days for emerged brood ~ Bred Queen 28 days to emerged brood
49 - 28 = 21 extra days of laying eggs when using a bred queen in your nuc
21 days X 1,200 eggs = 25,000 bees.

A 3 lb. package of bees has about 12,000 bees in it which cost $125 this year, minus $25 (the price of the queen) you are paying @ $33 a pound for the bees. A laying queen which cost you from $35 to $40 will give you $200 worth of bees and boost your colonies strength for winter.

Requeening with Russian queens can be difficult when requeening other stock. Also if trying to requeen a Russian hive with other stock. There is a lower acceptance in non-Russian colonies. Research introducing Russian queens to learn how to do this before attempting.

Nucleus Hives $165 SOLD OUT

I make my nucleus hives from spring splits so the amount of nucs available depends on how things go through the winter. These nucs will be on 9-1/8 inch (deep) frames.

Nucleus hives are made from splitting existing strong hives. Splitting a hive can be done for several reasons such as gaining additional hives to increase ones apiary or to prevent swarming of a hive that is crowded. You will need a nuc box with bottom board and cover, some extra frames, an entrance reducer and a way to feed 1:1 syrup. Also you will need to decide whether to purchase a caged queen for your nuc (the easiest), use a supersedure or swarm cell (not for most beginners), or to do a walk away hive split (recommended for seasoned beekeepers).

Queens Colors
Mnemonic
Bees
Want
Yellow
Roses
Growing
Color
Blue
White
Yellow
Red
Green
Year
0
1
2
3
4
Year
5
6
7
8
9

A mnemonic is a memory tool. The sentence "Bees want yellow roses growing" is what I use as a memory aid for the color code that indicates the year the queen was introduced.

Maine five frame nuc  Maine 5 frame nucleus beehives

Karen Thurlow newmoonapiary@gmail.com or 207.329.9934