There has been a lot of talk on this forum and others about the unique spring performance of the overwintered nuc. People have been shocked at how quickly they build up, and many have been caught off guard and lost swarms, due to the rapid spring expansion of the overwintered nuc.
But what makes these colonies act more vigorous than others? Why would an overwintered nuc take off in the the spring any faster than an overwintered production colony?
I have some hives that entered winter as full-sized colonies, housed in two deeps. I also have nucs overwintered in single 8-frame deeps. For the sake of discussion, lets say that come spring, a nuc and the full-sized colony come out of winter with the exact same number of bees, and a healthy queen.
Does it make sense to expect that the overwintered nuc will perform better? Is there any difference at that point?