Re: Natural Selection Management
I have until now generally made nucs too late! This is because I've been kept busy in the early part of the year making boxes and frames! This year I'm going to try to be more organized with nuc rearing - but that's an aspiration! If the honey is building, and my phone keeps ringing with swarms to collect and (paid) cutouts to do, I'll probably get behind again.
I haven't culled anything. I don't have time to fiddle about, and I've seen many weakly hives suddenly burst into life - probably due to supercedure - so I let them all take their chances. If I'm dominating the area with sound drones they'll mostly come good eventually.
I leave empty boxes about to catch swarms, and last year got probably 5 or 6 fly-ins, mostly from my own hives I expect. They should be in place now really - they'll often get checked out for a while before anything happens. I have just one at a location where I know there's a feral cluster, but its probably too small - just a 6 frame nuc.
As you can probably tell, I'm pretty hands-off - I do my best to leave them alone and let nature take its course, and the bonus is; I don't have to do anything except put boxes on and take them off again. The unlimited brood nest strategy combined with strict die-if-you-want-to-I'm-not-helping-you-out approach results in an increasingly healthy population. In theory some people might say... Yes, but its a very very good theory...
I hope you too have a great year!
The race isn't always to the swift, nor the fight to the strong, but that's the way to bet