Re: Sol's Nuc Project (Parker Plan, Second Year and Beyond)
Will be interesting to follow your progress.
What may be your biggest obstacle will be your short flow. Everything goes great during the flow, but what you are wanting to do gets difficult during a dearth. So jumping in and producing a lot of cells as soon as conditions permit will help you succeed. My suggestion would be temporarily use two cell finishing hives, just so you are not forcing them to raise too many cells, and it's better to have a surplus of cells and waste a few, than to have everything else in place but not have enough cells. During your first cell raising attempts, aim for double the number of cells you want, as it's unlikely you will get as many as you are aiming for.
You can easily use an extra hive as a cell raiser, even just for one or two times, then let it be a normal hive again, with virtually no ill effect on the hive.
All nucs of the size you want to make, during a flow, produce a lot of honey and usually need it taken out to stop them clogging up. This can be deceptive if trying to judge a good producer. Temperament can be judged, although in a queen breeding nuc most of the bees, most of the time, are usually from a different queen.
Would be interesting to see your posts accompanied by photographs.
Should this thread be in the bee and queen breeding section?
Last edited by Oldtimer; 02-02-2012 at 02:55 PM.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).