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02-24-2005, 10:31 AM
Is it foolish to consider starting a Nuc with 2 brood frames and a queen? Or is 3 frames neccessary?
My only goal is increase and not honey this year.
One frame, with adhearing bees, one frame of honey, a mated queen, warm weather, and two-three months time smile.gif is all you need.
02-24-2005, 11:41 AM
That's how I did it. I used a 5 frame box and put a frame of bees a frame of food 2 frames of foundation a queen and a division board feeder and they are doing very nice this winter. NWC's in one deep one medium.
02-24-2005, 01:44 PM
I have no food frames......... Can I just feed them HFCS and bee pro patties?
I am getting 30 frames of brood and it would be great to make 15 colonies of them......
With a good year do you think it is possible to sprilt the original 15 (with new queens) and make 30 hives to go into winter?? Again I am not interested in honey so the bees can have all their stores.
Thanks for responses
02-24-2005, 03:45 PM
I would feed,feed and feed a 2 to 1 syrup using a frame feeder holds a gallon .
02-24-2005, 05:11 PM
If I have HFCS 70 do you dilute it?? I read here somewhere to dilute it with 10% water by volume.
I would imagine boiling the water is important to kill off nasty stuff and make for faster mixing.
02-24-2005, 07:44 PM
I know a commercial beekeeper that uses HFCS 55 and dilutes it 30-40% for stimulate feeding.
02-25-2005, 05:27 AM
Feeding is just a given. Until they are well built up you should feed the heck out of them.
02-25-2005, 05:32 AM
Thanks for the input to all......
02-26-2005, 06:58 AM
hey Ian how long till the split you talk about is in a double deep?
02-26-2005, 08:03 AM
Any of you guys know where to get sugar in something like 30 or 40 pund bags? Buying them one at a time is getting old.
02-26-2005, 08:17 AM
Costco--100lbs bag of sugar for $27.00 canadian
02-26-2005, 08:43 AM
The grocery stores here have 25 pound bags but cost per ounce (shown on the shelf) was actually higher than in 10 pound bags! I buy the 10's; easier to handle than a 25 anyway (I hate spilling sugar on the kitchen floor!). Might try Sam's Club also but they tend to have "name brands" instead of cheaper "store brands."
02-26-2005, 08:46 AM
When I was selling jelly at the farmers market, the local grocery store ordered sugar for me in bulk. It came in a stack of 4# bags,, and lasted me the restof the summer.
02-26-2005, 01:29 PM
go to your local school and talk with the kitchen administrator they will usualy order it for you in 50# bags and sell it to you at their price.
02-28-2005, 05:42 PM
hey Ian when you said you make a one frame split how long does it take to build up to a double deep hive? you got me interested. thanks Nick