OK: this is a way out there thought, but i'll air it out and see what everyone thinks. I have a rather large sugarhouse/honeyhouse, and I am just getting back into beekeeping after 11 years of being on the sidelines. I am getting ten swarms this year and would like to split for increase for next season (06). What would happen if I split my ten hives in Aug/Sept into nucs, and then allowed them to overwinter in a heated room in the sugarhouse/honeyhouse. What problems would this create/solve? Would they have enough time to get a queen laying to keep the population up enough to make it through a winter? At what tempiture would they become to active, or would they cluster instintively through winter? I plan on having a vent to the outside for each nuc, what would be the best way to achive this? Would it be better to have them in one standred size nuc (5 frame) or two nucs stacked on top of each other? Thanks.
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