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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
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    Zephyrhills, Florida. U.S.A
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    Default Late season NUC???

    I have the opportunity to pick up a late season nuc from the beekeeper that got me started with my first. I am wondering how difficult it will be to get them through the winter? Should I keep them in their nuc box and add another deep above or should I put them into a 10 frame and have them overwinter in there? Or should I just wait until spring?

    I live in Florida and am expecting a good flow from the brazilian pepper in September, your thoughts are appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Norfolk, VA
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    Default Re: Late season NUC???

    I have the same situation. I took it last week. This weekend I inspected it and it was full, so I added a super on top and am feeding so they build comb. I have all 8 frame medium equipment. My plan is to get them strong on 15 frames (two mediums) with the fall flow and feeding, and then transfer them into my 8-frame equipment for winter. Might have to feed sugar through the winter.
    I think in FL you should be able to do this just as easy.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012
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    Knox, Pa. USA
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    Default Re: Late season NUC???

    go for it. you should be fine at your latitude.

  4. #4
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    May 2013
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    Chattanooga, TN USA
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    Default Re: Late season NUC???

    Yeah, you're in Florida, you should be fine.
    Beekeeper since 2013. Read my bee blog at:
    http://harrisonbayhoney.blogspot.com

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Davie, Florida, USA
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    Default Re: Late season NUC???

    You should not have to worry about getting them through winter (unless we have a fluke super cold winter). You can do either...add another 5 frames on top, or move them to a 10 frame. I like to keep things consistent, so I move to 10 frames. (just moved a 5 to a 10 yesterday as a matter of fact). Very, very few 'winter rules' apply to us. Go for it, no question. (put it this way, I have done splits in December and January, not because I wanted to, but because I had to.) You aren't that much further North to make things significantly different than down here. Go get your new bees.

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