Well i'm a beginner, with just short of two weeks experience. I watched the Mike Palmer video of Nucs and Sustainability the other day and would like to try out his idea.
Over the weekend i built 8 plywood Nucs. Last thursday i spotted eggs, so my hive should begin increasing in size in a couple of weeks.
So, here is my concept/Plan.
I'm going to attempt to graft some cells and place in the second brood box.
between the first and second brood boxes, i will place an excluder, and hopefully the second brood box will raise queen cells?
Okay, so my hive is going good, plenty of bees, i intend to use those queen cells in my nucs, with frames from the second brood box.
I also read on the Bush farms site, about an alternative method of rearing queens, where a the queen added to the nuc is a newly mated queen, apparently increases acceptance and the nucs is productive straight after formation.
Is this idea feasible for creating overwintering nucs? from a newly created hive