Before winter, there were several threads about overwintering nucs in the north. Below is a pict of a nuc being checked in July and pictures of two of the nucs earlier this week. Of the 30+ nucs I started last July, I lost only one this winter. I learned a lot again this year (again). The one that I lost starved out because the queen started laying during a warm spell in January. Almost all of them started in July expanded to fill 5-8 frames and were able to get heavy on the bamboo flow here in early September. All in all it's been a very good bee winter so far - but April is usually a pretty harsh month - Fingers crossed!

http://www.merrilland.net/nucs06.JPG

http://www.merrilland.net/HPIM1746.JPG

http://www.merrilland.net/HPIM1749.JPG