Minimum number of bees for a baby nuc
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  1. #1
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    Default Minimum number of bees for a baby nuc

    Hi all,

    I have had a ton of swarm cells this year, and I keep splitting them off into nucs. I have come to the point that I am running low on bees to put in the nucs that I am making for the resulting queen cells in which to hatch and mate. Since the original queens take a break before swarming, I don't have many frames of brood either. I have seen those itsy-bitsy mating nucs, so I know it is possible to raise a mature queen cell with few bees, but what do you think is the minimum number? And what about the size of their home? All input welcome.

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Minimum number of bees for a baby nuc

    About a cup and a half of bees. You will have better results if you include a strip of TempQueen to simulate an egg laying queen.
    Working to propagate my survivors and staying treatment free USDA Zone 7b

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Minimum number of bees for a baby nuc

    fat bee man uses a 1 cup measuring cup. dumps bees into bucket, scoops a cup out and puts into baby nuc

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