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  1. #1
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    Default Nucs

    What would you think about me putting my nucs in my pole barn for the winter? There would be less wind and no snow in the barn. They would have access to the outside if needed. They have only 3 frames filled up with brood and stores. I am feeding syrup and will do fondant over the winter.

    Thanks for opinions.

    JimmyA

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    Default Re: Nucs

    IMO three frames won't overwinter
    I'd consider combining
    You can split In the spring
    Good Luck, Mike
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    I have been considering the same thing. I have several nucs I made up to raise queens and I didn't use the queens so the nucs have grown enough that I am going to try and take them through the winter. I am considering wintering them in a three sided hay shed. I am wondering what others will have to say about the possibility of wintering nucs that way.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 09-05-2013 at 07:40 PM. Reason: quote

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    You should look up some Kirk Webster internet anecdotes, he overwinters 4-frame nucs and is successful in central Vermont winters. I believe he had plans for insulated hive caps.

    Both places I have kept bees are characterized by bitter cold (30 below 0) and heavy snow, I have not had a problem keeping large hives. Last year I overwintered nucs on top of the hives with middling success (that I believe had more to do with the amount of brood and feed then the cold). This year I have about a dozen that I will be overwintering over large hives and double deep early nucs.

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    If its a good 3 frames of bees now, with good brood and healthy they should be fine imo. I would feed them up the best I could with respect to leaving room for brood while the queen is laying heavy.

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    Not sure what to do. If I combined them, I'd have to get rid of one of the queens. I have a Minnesota Hygenic and a Russian queen. Both nucs have larvae and are doing fine. I don't see any varroa mites, which is surprising as compared to when I had Italians 5 years ago. If there are any varroa, they are very small. I don't see any on the bees as compared to years ago. I have traps for hive beetles, they catch some. Next week I am scheduled to take out my beetle traps. I am using the Beetle Barn with a small coumphas strip. Just took out my Beetle Blaster traps which had some hive beetles.

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    Hi Jimmy,
    I had several double nucs away in a small rooom in my barn last winter, I would have been fine! But the mice got in the nucs and that was bad!
    This year I will feed mice and have a entrance reducers!
    Good luck

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    Long story but I got started late in July. I am thinking if I shelter them in the barn that would be a plus. I have some fondant and pollen for the winter feeding. Wonder what will happen?

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    Default Re: Nucs

    When you say pole barn what do you mean? To some that is little more than an open shed, to others it is a regular barn built with poles to try to lower taxes.
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