A few questions here, looking for guidance, not an exact figure.
With the mini mating nucs, how many bees are needed for those to be successful. A pint full, Quart can (don't say coffee cup, heck I came from Cajun land were they melted spoons in some of the coffee, so some cups are the size a 1/4 measuring cup it didn't eat your stomach out and then you have that new supposed great stuff mixed latte, chocolate, mint spiced monkey sorted bean coffee in mugs that take 2 measuring cups to fill. I want a actual measurement estimate.)
If I am not looking at honey production concerns this year and would like to get a large batch of queens (large for me = 20 to 35) started in mini mating nucs, and then after she is laying, shift them into nucs. These would catch the main flow, hopefully build and then catch the fall flow of goldenrod. Might try to overwinter the queens or replace, just trying to jump start a number of smaller hives. Has anyone tried this with success and maybe have some tips.
Started 9/13, building slowly, now @ 10 Lang hives + 14 nucs, and treatment style not decided yet