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  1. #1
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    Default When to move a nuc to a bigger hive?

    I quickly checked my nuc today and my queen is laying! Hurray!

    So now I need to know when is a good time to move them to their big girl home? How many frames drawn out?

  2. #2
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    Taylor County, Georgia, USA
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    Default Re: When to move a nuc to a bigger hive?

    I like to have all 5 frames drawn. You can checkerboard to make this happen when they refuse to draw those outer frames. I also like to have the nuc packed with bees. When the nuc's in this condition, they really hit the pavement running when you put them in a full size hive.
    Try it. What could happen?

  3. #3
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    Sullivan, MO
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    Default Re: When to move a nuc to a bigger hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by CPendergraff View Post
    I quickly checked my nuc today and my queen is laying! Hurray!

    So now I need to know when is a good time to move them to their big girl home? How many frames drawn out?
    A compromise to leaving them as is or moving them to a10 frame box is you could up super them with another 5 frame box. basically the same amount of space as a10 frame box but I think they utilize it better. The advice remains the same on the timing however, wait til 5 frame box is pretty full of bees and they have brood emerging. move 2 frames up and replace with your new frames.

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