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  1. #1
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    Jul 2012
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    East Dorset, VT
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    Default Mating nuc dillema . . .

    I have my mating nucs that I will overwinter all set and were started on July 1. They are doubles using deep frames with two nucs per box. I have built the supers that I had planned on adding at the end of the month for the fall flow.

    The queens in these nucs hatched on the 4th of July and according to most queen calendars are finishing up their hardening and taking their first mating flights right about now.

    After looking at the weather report for the next 10 days, and hearing stories of mass absconding from small nucs during heat waves I made the decision to put the supers on to give them some room. Will do it quickly with as little disturbance to the nuc below.

    Anybody see any problems with doing this now? They are bearding pretty heavily for most of the night but the population isn't too big as I made sure not to put too many bees in them. Just enough to cover the frame of brood.

    So I loaded up the truck and am heading out . . . .

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  2. #2
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    Default Re: Mating nuc dillema . . .

    It is done and the bees seem much happier with the extra room . . . .


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