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  1. #1
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    Default 3 lb. package. should i start in a nuc or 10 frame deep?

    getting a package this week. should i start them in a nuc or a 10 frame deep?

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    Default Re: 3 lb. package. should i start in a nuc or 10 frame deep?

    I am a 2nd year bekeeper so take this with a grain of salt. If it was only one package, I would use the brood box. It has been mentioned in another topic, that you can put a 3lb package in a nuc, you just have to move them or add boxes sooner. I have some packages coming, and I plan to place at least one of them in a Nuc to draw comb and for brood building. I don't think I would do that if it was my only hive.

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    Default Re: 3 lb. package. should i start in a nuc or 10 frame deep?

    The nuc would be a much better fit. The amount they have to climate control will directly relate to how much brood they can cover and keep warm. It will also be warmer when those first bees start emerging and needing more room in the full size box. It would be a good plan for the first month or until they fill the nuc with bees or start to need honey storage room.

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    Default Re: 3 lb. package. should i start in a nuc or 10 frame deep?

    Nuc makes more sense.
    My nucs are made with just a 1" round hole as a enterence. And the bottom board is nailed cand can't me removed. ( I built them from plans from this forum (coats plans) What are my feeding options? How do I go about feeding them? Also all I have is plastic foundation with un drawned comb.

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    Default Re: 3 lb. package. should i start in a nuc or 10 frame deep?

    I guess top feeder is your option, I only use top feeders also in my 8 frame hives, many beekeepers would agree that entrance feeder would encurage robbing. Also top feeder is perhaps better in cold weather as oppose to entrance feeder. Extra coat of wax and sugar coating helps to encourage bees to draw plastic.

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    Default Re: 3 lb. package. should i start in a nuc or 10 frame deep?

    I would opt for the deep brood box, so you wouldn't have to move them again. Depends on what your weather is like when you actually get your bees - if really cold, a smaller volume to keep warm makes sense.

    ---> second-year beek here - my opinion is only that!

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    Default Re: 3 lb. package. should i start in a nuc or 10 frame deep?

    If you already have a nuc, then why not use it? They will (probably) do a little better with less space. Moving them into a bigger home later is so easy it's almost not worth worrying about - for you or the bees.

    If you don't already have a nuc then use the full size box and fill it with foundation - that won't exactly divide the box, but it's about like hanging a curtain over a doorway - it helps.

    On the other hand if you don't already have a nuc you should get/build one. Sooner or later you'll be sorry if you don't.

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    Default Re: 3 lb. package. should i start in a nuc or 10 frame deep?

    Quote Originally Posted by adamant View Post
    Nuc makes more sense.
    My nucs are made with just a 1" round hole as a enterence. And the bottom board is nailed cand can't me removed. ( I built them from plans from this forum (coats plans) What are my feeding options? How do I go about feeding them? Also all I have is plastic foundation with un drawned comb.
    I switched from plasticell to natural wax foundation about 2 years ago and my bee's just love it, they really took off!
    Steve Wenger
    Gentleman farmer/9 year Bee Keeper

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    Default Re: 3 lb. package. should i start in a nuc or 10 frame deep?

    >I am starting a 6 lb. package in an all shallow, foundationless 10 frame hive; should I start in 2 shallows or 3?

    I've never heard of a 6 pound package... 2 should work for the first two weeks then you'll need more.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: 3 lb. package. should i start in a nuc or 10 frame deep?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    >I am starting a 6 lb. package in an all shallow, foundationless 10 frame hive; should I start in 2 shallows or 3?

    I've never heard of a 6 pound package... 2 should work for the first two weeks then you'll need more.
    Two 3 lb. packages and one queen.

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