When making nucs
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  1. #1
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    Default When making nucs

    When making nucs for next spring{over winter} whens a good time to start them ?
    I'm in PA. NORTH EAST 1800 ft. last frost date around JUNE 1st.
    Should i make them during swarm season {end of april last year} and make it part of my SPM?
    Seems like if i do that the nucs will be to big by fall.
    July seems more sensible but i've never done this before so i don't know .
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    Default Re: When making nucs

    If you make them in the spring you will not have to feed them. Also you can raise better queens when there is a flow on. If the summer is hot and dry they will not build up well unless you feed. This year I will be using all of my over wintered nucs to repopulate my dead outs. I will be making some nucs up late spring if everything works out.

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    Default Re: When making nucs

    July works for me. I think July would work for most areas in the northern hemisphere as it's just after summer solstice.
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    Default Re: When making nucs

    Hey GLOCK, have you read up on OTS here is the link. http://www.mdasplitter.com/

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    Default Re: When making nucs

    Quote Originally Posted by DC Bees View Post
    Hey GLOCK, have you read up on OTS here is the link. http://www.mdasplitter.com/
    I have and i'm going to try many diffrent things this year and OTS seems easy enough.
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    Default Re: When making nucs

    mid-late june here. You could make nucs in spring to supply the brood for summer nucs.

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