As for the Odfrank cleats I will definately try that on my next batch of nucs. Those supers can get heavy even with fourframes. The Advantec is holding up well but it is really heavy so I think my next batch will just be pine bottoms. Not that I move them around that much but pine scraps are all over the place and I am out of Advantec.
Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
USDA Zone 5A
In Spring, should we start any new Nucs only from our survivor colonies?
Or do we use package bees?
Maybe both would be best for this first time.
There are two or three new locations for us to place hives and we're thinking about purchasing six packages to help get that started.
I'd like to have a couple of permanent Nucs at each bee yard to start.
Allen, it is up to you. For me a big advantage of nucs is not having to buy packages. If you need to expand quickly packages can work, but the price is becoming prohibitive. I would rather put my money into frames and expand slowly as the nucs allow.
Yes the package prices are steep.
I suppose a package could be put into a 10 frame Deep and then used as "seed" to get several Nucs started throughout the Spring months.
After that I hope they will self-sustain and become queen and brood factories.
I'm going to read up on queen rearing also for Spring.
Just found this: http://dchoneybees.blogspot.com/2011...-nuc.html#more