Re: Stocking Warre from National NUC
I have done both methods with success, but I will tell you that the chop and crop method is the most stressful on you and your bees. My bees survived it, but I often wonder how.
The easiest method I have found was to force them to grow down. Wait until they have filled out that nuc. Almost to the point of overcrowding. Then what you do is shake the bees into the Warre. Queen and all, although if you can find the queen and find a gentler way of doing it I would advise it. Once all of the bees have been shaken down put a queen excluder above the warre box and place the nuc above the excluder. You lose absolutely zero brood in this manner. Nurse bees will move back up to the top box and the queen will be forced down into the Warre box. This will force the bees to start drawing out that box. When the top box is filled with honey, go ahead and harvest it. You could also choose to go ahead and then chop and crop it into a Warre box if you wish. No dead bees. No frustrated beekeeper.
Edit-I forgot to mention that you will need to find a way to customize the queen excluder to make it work.
Not Michael Bush. My name is Dan. Sorry for the confusion.