Re: new weak nuc placed in the location of moderate sized hive?
I believe Mike has changed how he deals with winter nucs from his popular YouTube video. I believe he will present his modified version at EAS here in Vermont in August. He no longer stacks nucs in single boxes on top of production hives to overwinter out of the snow. He puts his double nuc on an old deep hive body as a stand. When they have filled the four frames he adds a super with four frames of foundation in late July-early August I believe. This foundation keeps the bees busy on the fall flow, they don't want to swarm, and the two story config with a top entrance allows the bees to deal with deep snow without sitting on top of a production hive. The four frames of honey is all the nuc needs for food till spring. It works. I can say that because I saw it with my own eyes. Very few deadouts and healthy hives in the double nuc base with the supers above. An amazing sight.
Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
USDA Zone 5A