Re: Plan for regression?
If you purchased two packages instead of one nuc you would eliminate the conversion issue. Two packages would likely be a little more cash than one nuc, but not by much. Yes you would need more hive boxes, but there is a lot of value in having two hives compared to only a single colony. The first time you say to yourself "I wonder what's going on here?" or need to fix a brood problem you will realize two hives was a very good decision.
Originally Posted by r hayden
If purchasing the extra hive equipment is a financial burden, take a look at the plans offered free in the Build It Yourself section of Beesource and see if you can make some of it yourself. After all, you've got all winter.
USDA Zone 7a - elevation 1400 ft