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  1. #1
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    Default Question about medium nucs into a medium 8 frame

    I have medium 8 frame boxes that I'm going to be using. I ordered medium frame nucs and will be getting those in early may. The medium nucs are supposed to arrive packed full of bees.

    My question is after transferring the frames from the nuc to the 8 frame box, since they are only 8 frame boxes, should I immediately add a second empty box on top of the first or should I wait a while? If I should wait, how long?

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Question about medium nucs into a medium 8 frame

    Normally the nuc will have a frame of honey, a frame of pollen/honey, and 3 frames of brood. I would put the 3 brood frames in the middle with a frame of comb or foundation on each side, and the honey and pollen frames on the outside. If you have drawn comb, I think it would be fine to go ahead and add the second box. Partly depends on temperature and flow. If it is cold and you are giving them foundation, you might want to wait a week. If you are giving them drawn comb, you probably want to put the second box on because they will likely be in comb building mode and you want to let them get on with it.

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    Default Re: Question about medium nucs into a medium 8 frame

    The rule of thumb would be to wait until they had at least 6 of the 8 frames drawn and in use. You'll have five when you start, so that's close, but you could wait a week for the weather to warm a bit more before you add the box. Of course if the weather is warm maybe it won't matter at all.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Question about medium nucs into a medium 8 frame

    Thank you both ...unless it is warm, I'll start with one box and wait til they fill a 6th frame.

    I appreciate the advice!

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