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.
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