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  1. #1
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    Default Top bar nuc

    Any one use nucs of top bars to increase their numbers?

    http://youtu.be/Au_WkKQZIO8

    These guys sell them for colony establishment.

    Was thinking it would be a nice way to expand. Not real sure yet how to get a top bar nuc through the winter here. I have read Bush's stuff on langs.

    Thoughts?


    Hank

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    Default Re: Top bar nuc

    Where, in the USA are you located. Location is a very important factor when answering your question.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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    Default Re: Top bar nuc

    I overwintered dozens of top bar nucs this past winter. They work great. I also populate them with swarms, do splits, and sell colonies in the same nucs.

    Best,
    Matt

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    Default Re: Top bar nuc

    I had 1 for 2 make it thrulast winter in my 4-frame TBH nucs here in coastal TX...with 0 feeding/intervention from me. Obviously, larger hives have better survival, but just like Lang nucs, TBH nucs can be overwintered successfully if you're willing to manage/baby them.

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    Default Re: Top bar nuc

    I am Wyo about 5000 ft zone 4 a.

    How do you feed them make a sugar board or dry sugar? Bundle several up or leave them separate?

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    Default Re: Top bar nuc

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverbackotter View Post
    I am Wyo about 5000 ft zone 4 a.

    How do you feed them make a sugar board or dry sugar? Bundle several up or leave them separate?
    There is a post on here somewhere, ( can't find it at this time) about how someone made a frame on their follower board and poured in their fondant so it hangs vertically.....seemed to work pretty well if I remember, but like I said I can't seem to find that thread, maybe you will have better luck finding it.

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