My goal is to build these nucs into double boxes to overwinter. I am in Central Indiana. My only survivors wintered this way last year.
I would like to turn 3 packages into as many nucs as possible.
I plan to use the queens in the packages in 3 of the nucs, and will be installing queen cells in the others.
My resources are as follows:
queen cells- ?
laying queens- 3
nuc hive setups(2 deep boxes 5 frames each)- 32
deep frames with comb- 140
deep frames with pollen- 10 in addition to what are currently in package hives.
deep frames with honey- 8 in addition to what are currently in packages.
package bees installed on drawn comb May 8, 2014- 3 packages total, 30 deep frames total (22 frames brood and 8 frames food).
Thanks ahead for any help. Matt.