Re: Sustainability in a small yard
Creating nuc's can be done nearly anytime once a hive is up and brooding well. Most beeks will tell you not to do it unless there is a flow in your area, however it can also be done if you feed the bees while you are allowing them to make the new queens. Just keep in mind that it requires a frame of brood, fame with larva or eggs, and plenty of adhering bees. Some people will actually remove the existing queen and let the original hive make the queen. There are many ways that splits, nucs can be made. Just read up on each method and go from there.
Thomas Bartram - 26 - 8 F langs, 10 Italian , 10 Russian, 6 Carniolan