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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Southwest Missouri
    Posts
    6

    Question

    We didn`t get a package, we bought a nuc of
    4 frames with a queen. My bee man said that these are like an establised colony. So,
    do I need to be feeding them? I don`t think
    he said to, but I was trying to asorb alot of information. Thanks for any help you can give me!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Clarksville, TN, USA
    Posts
    60

    Cool

    Feeding for Nucs is good if you have no frames of honey or pollen and you have no bloom in your location.

    It is more important for package bees installed on foundation because they have to catch up.

    On my new bees I feed 1:1 Syrup, and a pollen supplement because they are on foundation and I want them to build up quickly before the main flow. Not that I am expecting honey from them this year. My intent is to winter a strong viable hive. Anything I get off these bees will be considered a bonus.

    Chuck

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
    Posts
    751

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    If you feed them weak syrup (I use 2kg sugar in a gallon feeder bucket) steadily through the active season, then they'll keep drawing comb, which is what you want as that will enable them to get off to a good start next spring.

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    Regards,

    Robert Brenchley

    RSBrenchley@aol.com
    Birmingham UK

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