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  1. #1
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    Default tbh nuc

    I have 5 tbh going that i started may first. they are all doing well between 15 and 17 bars started. Could i start a tbh nuc to raise queens ? how many frames would i need and would it set the other hives back ? tough winters here . snow belt off lake erie.

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    Default Re: tbh nuc

    I'm planning to create some 5 and 8 bar top bar nucs this season from my strongest hives.

    Matt

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    Default Re: tbh nuc

    You just need one bar with brood/eggs and one bar with pollen and honey. You can put more in if you want. You will need to if you are planning on keeping the nuc over the winter.
    I just started a nuc last Thursday, but down here in Texas we have a lot more time to build up the hive before winter.
    I would feed both donor hive and nuc.

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    Default Re: tbh nuc

    I started 3 nucs so far this year. Im using a half sized tbh about 20" long and a follower board to limit their space. I can insulate the dead space behind the follower board this winter. I also am thinking of using a Boardman feeder through the follower board for winter feeding. I hope it works. If anyone has any thoughts on this please reply.
    Thanks Dan

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    Default Re: tbh nuc

    If all your tbhs are the same dimensions, just take one bar of eggs from one hive, and one bar of brood from each hive, shake in some bees and you'll have a healthy populated queenless nuc.

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    Default Re: tbh nuc

    Thank you for the help. we are trying the one frame out of each nuc .

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    Default Re: tbh nuc

    Used a follower board with a boardman feeder thru the bottom.

    I cut to to roughly fit, nailed the feeder on and filled other areas with burlap. I used a screened bottom and it is not flat across.

    When I am not feeding I push some burlap into feeder to keep bees out and from building comb or remove follower.

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