Re: Wintering Nucs
>I think there is real opportunity at a local level for some synergistic cooperation.
good point adrian. i have been talking with a few of my local beeks about swapping some queens this year.
i have changed my plans a little bit, from rearing queens and making nucs during the main flow to waiting until after the spring honey harvest.
the drawback is i will miss out on the best forage for making nice cells, won't be taking advantage of the swarm impluse, and drone availability will be less than is associated with the main flow. i'll have to make sure my cell builder is properly fed, and i will likely have to provide supplemental feed for the nucs through our summer dearth.
the advantages are that i can concentrate on swarm prevention and honey production this spring, plus i can gauge vigor, production, and get a meaningful mite count at the start of summer in order to select which queens to graft from.
last year's dead outs are now swarm traps that will hopefully give me plenty of bees to make up the nucs with.
i try to maintain twelve production hives, and will try to keep at least that many nucs on hand to overwinter.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf