Re: hi all from up in Pa, need info on local queens for late spring
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The lack of stored pollen in that nuc may not have anything to do with the bees themselves (or the queen). It may be that the frames in the nuc were recently pulled from various hives, and the person assembling the nuc simply wasn't concerned about pollen stores.
I would wait a bit to see more how they do before deciding that replacing the queen will be worth the money. Saving up those dollars and acquiring an additional hive (especially if you only have one currently) may be a better use of those funds.
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