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  1. #1
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    Default Is checkerboarding OK for the five frame NUCS ?

    In my country we winterize the colonies with a little population (5 or 6 frames, max 8) in a single deep, with nothing above.(No super for feed)

    Is it still OK for me to CB these colonies ??? And HOW ?

    Another question; is it possible for the 5 frame nucs....

    Thanks....

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    Default Re: Is checkerboarding OK for the five frame NUCS ?

    What/how do you feed your winterized colonies?

    From my understanding of the CB/nectar managment practices, the idea is to break up the "honey cap" of stores above the cluster so that the bees become "aware" of the empty drawn comb frames. If you are wintering in only a single deep and do not have anything above them it would seem there isn't a box of solid stores above to CB.

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    Default Re: Is checkerboarding OK for the five frame NUCS ?

    The brood and the capped honey are on the same frame. So , in my opinion, they can still be "aware" of the empty drawn combs. On wont't they ?

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    Default Re: Is checkerboarding OK for the five frame NUCS ?

    Here we stack six framer on top of each other after the winter feeding and the weather is cool enough that the bee are not flying.place the bees on a pallet, six on bottom and four or five high rapped in black plastic,cut the doors and top entrance and place a wind defector on top entrance make from tar paper or plastic pop bottles and staple them on.

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    Default Re: Is checkerboarding OK for the five frame NUCS ?

    Quote Originally Posted by arnoldhicks View Post
    Here we stack six framer on top of each other after the winter feeding and the weather is cool enough that the bee are not flying.place the bees on a pallet, six on bottom and four or five high rapped in black plastic,cut the doors and top entrance and place a wind defector on top entrance make from tar paper or plastic pop bottles and staple them on.
    Sorry but the question is about swarm preventation...

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    Default Re: Is checkerboarding OK for the five frame NUCS ?

    You really don't want to checkerboard a single brood box. That would break up your brood too much. You would checkerboard above the winter brood nest so that in late winter the bees can expand the brood nest upward into alternate frames of capped honey and empty comb.
    To everything there is a season....

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    Default Re: Is checkerboarding OK for the five frame NUCS ?

    what if i put a cb super on single deep

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    Default Re: Is checkerboarding OK for the five frame NUCS ?

    That would help with swarm prevention. Add the CB super(s) before brood expansion in late winter/early spring, depending on your climate.
    To everything there is a season....

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