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Chop method on Nucs (Help Please)

 
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jsallington
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Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin

PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:35 pm    Post subject: Chop method on Nucs (Help Please) Reply with quote

Last night I moved my bees from one of my lang nucs to my HTBH. I had actually built a second story to my nuc to allow the bees to start building on bars before I did the transfer. I had two full bars and three 1/4 to 1/2 bars. I chopped the first frame no problem. It was wood so it wasn't an issue. The other three frames are plastic. What the heck am I supposed to do with these? They are really tough, am I supposed to use a saw? or a shears? Temporarily I have propped them up inside the hive because I don't want to loose all the brood that is on them. 1 additional question, how long does it take for all that brood to hatch?
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johno
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Location: Limerick, Ireland

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eggs take about 3 days to hatch, grubs are fed for 6-7 days. The cells are then capped and workers pupate for 12 days, drones for 14 days.

I recently cut some comb out of frames and secured it to topbars. If you'd like to see how I did that you can read my post on it here. I kept the frames intact so I can re-use them again.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I like the heavy wire idea, very neat and simplistic. My real problem is with the plastic frames that I have. I don't think you can cut the center out of them. It is like they have a permanent foundation molded into the frame. I checked on the frames that I had that were propped up inside the HTBH and there is still lots of activity. I am hoping they will hatch and move a majority of the activity to the new bars they've built. We shall see
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