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Brood Boosting?

Post by dermy on Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:00 am

Just wanted to start a topic about this, what do you think about Brood Boosting? I have done so successfully with queens and larger colonies alike!
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Re: Brood Boosting?

Post by Guest on Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:02 am

I disagree with it on principal.

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Post by dermy on Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:05 am

Why?! It can really help queens.
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Re: Brood Boosting?

Post by Guest on Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:06 am

I don't agree with taking brood from their parent nest.

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Post by dermy on Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:06 am

I meant any nest. Not just the parent nest.

So if a queen doesn't produce she doesn't deserve a colony of her own sad
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Re: Brood Boosting?

Post by Guest on Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:07 am

It's nature. If she doesn't successfully raise her own brood then that's the way it is.

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Post by dermy on Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:30 am

So my formica queen is doomed sad
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Re: Brood Boosting?

Post by Guest on Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:32 am

dermy wrote:So my formica queen is doomed sad

Well, no, because you brood boost >.<

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Re: Brood Boosting?

Post by dermy on Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:37 am

I haven't yet.
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Re: Brood Boosting?

Post by Salt on Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:05 am

Well, it depends for me. I suppose if you are taking a small amount of brood that isn't deep inside the nest then it shouldn't cause too much harm, however if you are taking large amounts of brood and/or taking it from deep chambers in the nest you could be potentially harming the colony.

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Post by Salt on Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:29 am

Also dermy, I remember reading that someone with a rufa queen managed to introduce workers from a fusca colony to the queen. Might be worth a try?

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Post by dermy on Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:41 pm

I meant lifting a rock finding 3-5 pupae [cocoons in this case] to boost a queen that had first workers but they died sad
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