Could someone give me any good ideas for getting the foundation in a 4-way mating nuc drawn? They are based off of the design used by Michael Palmer where the frames go from side to middle divider to other side.
I was hoping to get them drawn out as my current double deep hives expand in early Spring and then use them to start rearing queens by the time swarm season arrives. I'm just not sure how to get them integrated into those hives to get them drawn out since the frames will be small. I'm considering taking the double deep hive and putting all brood in a deep that would go on the bottom board, my 4-way mating nuc on top of that, and then the other deep from the double deep hive on top of that with a division board feeder containing syrup in it. Pollen substitute patties would also be fed continuously.
The only thing that concerns me is that I am moving the honey frames away from the brood nest during a time when we will still have some nights down in the 30's and in some years even lower.
If I can't get them drawn out, what amount of bees should I put in the nucs with a queen cell to make sure they can support themselves.
I'm especially hoping for comments from MP and Lauri! and others who've used this system.