First and foremost let me apologize for posting this thread. Undoubtedly there are a plethora of threads training videos and I'm sure even books on this very subject but I'm tired, just got off a fourteen hour shift and don't have the ambition to look, so I turned to the lazy side. Again, my apologies.
I've read a couple of books on beekeeping and all make mentions of nucs and give various explanations. From what I gather they are most aptly described as a "mini hive" and have several references as to using them as a great management tool but I'm still somewhat confused about them.
I understand they are a smaller hive but are you able to overwinter a nuc? Is a nuc just a temporary home for queens and brood/house bees or is it something that when done correctly gives you a constant and readily available supply of brood and workers. If this is the case and they have no stores of honey for the winter what is to be done with them in the fall?
Most of my questions relate to overwintering a nuc and I will try to search through previous threads when I have more time but if someone could give me a real quick answer (or even an in-depth one if you have the time and desire) I would greatly appreciate it. Also any literature that could be recommended or videos on the subject would be helpful.