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Alastair

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  1. Alastair's post in Sloped site and sheep was marked as the answer   
    Best plan is to not set up a sloping site, they are far harder on your body to work, than a flat site. But if you have to, then yes, you want to get the truck as close to the hives as possible. Setting up an apiary can be a compromise between how you think the bees want their hives sited, and your own needs such as comfortable working conditions, and vehicle access.
     
    Sheep generally do not bother hives. Sometimes if there is a really beligerant old ram in the paddock they can push hives around, or if the hives are too close to a fence sheep can move them as they squeeze through the gap so have hives well over a sheep width away from fences. But for the most part sheep don't bother bees so just put the hives there and see how it goes.
  2. Alastair's post in Harvesting QCs in the rain was marked as the answer   
    As an ex commercial queen raiser that is one thing i don't miss, planting queen cells in the rain is one of the most miserable jobs imaginable.
     
    Primary thing is the queen cells must be kept dry. I kept most of them in the truck and had a small hand held box with a lid to hold just a small number at a time as i moved through the yard. Another suggestion is have a second person holding an umbrella for you.
     
    Re no incubator, just get a polystyrene box and put a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel in it. Ripe cells can be laid on their side no issues. Main thing is do not overheat them, much more damaging than underheating them.
  3. Alastair's post in How soon can I split starting from a Nuc? was marked as the answer   
    If it's a good strong nuc and conditions are good then yes, it may be splitable in the timeframe you mention.
     
    Another matter, the second hand bleached dead hive equipment you got. Seems to me the only reason someone would soak hive equipment in bleach is they suspect there may be a disease. Proceed with caution.
  4. Alastair's post in Raising a queen by neglect was marked as the answer   
    Yes the split will produce an unmated queen. If it mates successfully there will be a laying queen slightly over a month from when the split was made, give or take a few days.
     
    That is assuming everything else you said such as many bees, and of course there would need to be eggs or very young larvae for the bees to make the queen from.
     
    Not all virgin queens mate successfully, a success rate of 90% is considered excellent and a success rate of 70% for emergency raised queens would be considered acceptable.
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