|My First Nuc|
Before I could take any frames Queen Mary had to be found. I went through each frame looking for her and noting which frames had the freshest eggs. The top box looked good with frames filled with eggs, larva, pupa, drones, pollen, & nectar. The bottom Deep had a larger percentage of eggs and, no surprise, the Queen. I left her on the frame she was on because I'm not comfortable with handling her if I can avoid it. I also had the two adjacent frames filled with eggs to use. I looked at the eggs to make sure they were still standing up and not laying down, a sign they are over three days old and too old to make a good queen. Then i took a frame from the top box with all the pollen & nectar. All three went into the Nuc along with a frame of honey and a frame of pollen which came from Duchess's old hive. Additionally, all the bees left in the Quiet Box afterward got shaken into the new Nuc as well. I figure maybe up to four frames worth of bees went into the Nuc.
After all that the Nuc went out to the new stand. I added a half gallon of 1:1 syrup on a boardman feeder. The syrup contained a drop of thyme oil, a drop of peppermint oil, & a tablespoon of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar. Then the entrance was reduced to only allow a single bee at a time. The tie down strap went on and it was a done deal.
Now to wait & watch. In ten days I'll go into the Nuc and hopefully see a bunch of Emergency Queen cells. I've been told to secure the biggest one and destroy the rest. This keeps the queens from fighting and getting injured if two emerge at the same time. I could maybe cut out a queen cell and use it elsewhere but i need to read up on that first.