Re: How I plan on overwintering 40 mating nucs on mini frames
So far our night are getting down into the 30's. we have had a hand full of mornings with frost. I was able to look up under my top bar hive the other morning and saw the bees clustered. later that day it was sunny and it warmed enough for them to fly.
I have 11 nucs, We added more sugar candy to them last weekend and all of them are able to break cluster during the day and access the food. they range from no stores two weeks ago to as much as 4 med frames of honey. Mine are 5 frame nucs but amount to the same volume of space. I did this last year with 2 nucs and they both did fine. So far so good.
Our weather patterns are much like Washington except we get bright sunny days most of the time. yesterday was overcast. We should not get really cold days until sometime in January early February.
Everything gets darker, as it goes to where there is less light. Darrel Tank (5PM drawing instructor)