Re: Mating nucs on a large scale
Ha Robert!, your post #87 is just about what I'm doing.
Over here, we are just going into spring now. As per your post, & my pics a few posts back, these 3 frame nucs have just been through the winter, and all came through fine, no losses. They are just starting to get more active now and beginning to collect nectar and pollen. The queens in them are already pre-sold but no drones flying yet so the queens won't go until there's enough drones for me to plant new cells.
As you said, these nucs do tend to get stronger so I'm removing bees and brood from them as required during the season to make hives or nucs that get sold.
Considering these nucs can winter, I'm finding it all up quite a reasonable way to run a small bee breeding sideline. I only need a few full sized hives for cell raising and a bit of honey.
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