Re: New nuc raising own queen
I don't know if you have SHB in the UK but if you do you'll want to use as small a nuc as possible. Thinking is that the more room SHB have in the hive away from bees the more likely they are to breed and take over. You can make a 2 frame, 3 frame or 4 frame nuc to hold the number of frames you intend to split and not give the SBH a toehold in your nuc. Then move them into bigger nucs and then a hive as they grow in numbers.
I've been dying to do the same with Dennis Murrell's 4 frame observation hive so I could watch the process but have never gotten around to it. I just keep splitting and letting nature take its course without my watchful eye. Maybe I'll build one over the winter this year.
When you stop learning you're dead.