Jim Fischer mentioned in another thread:
>The problem with fall packages is that there
simply is not enough time to feed them and get
them built up to a colony size that can overwinter
with any chance of success (except for NWCs, where
even 4-frame splits can overwinter atop a full-size
"heater colony" quite well if fed for a few weeks
before the weather gets cold).
Jim- care to elaborate on this statement a bit (and anyone else with an opinion)? I'm intrigued with the idea of building mid-to-late summer nucs and wintering them over for a spring "launch" so to speak.
And, why NWC's as opposed to any other kind of bee?