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Do you mind if I ask where you got your Queens from up here in JAFA land? Are the 30 colonies over the fence production hives or 30 more nucs?

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The NUC's over the back fence were all for our expansion. The ones in the video are all sales NUC. (funds injection). Our queens all come from Auckland and Northland. We have an arrangement with a couple of breeders to supply set quantities each week. This arrangement is always done for the year ahead. Planning is the number 1 thing when making a lot of splits. Queens in bulk are not easy.

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If you found a queen cell when you checked the nuc, what would you do, would you get rid of it?

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Absolutely, That is why I make the splits 3 to 5 days in advance of the queen introduction. I check the split carefully for queen cells.

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Thanks so much for putting these videos together, [USER=72]@Trevor Gillbanks[/USER] - they are invaluable learning tools. I introduced my first caged queen yesterday, and felt really confident (which makes a change)! I had watched your video over and over (and made notes, too), so didn't feel so daunted by my mission. Your videos are so informative and helpful - please keep them coming!

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