Re: 100% success rate on our splits and nucs. But what do we do now?
Be ready for an explosive hive growth early next season. Having enough boxes and equipment is
your number 1 concern. Try to pick up some on this coming winter Holidays sale. Some old posts search from
last year might give you an idea of what others are ordering. I got enough bees equipment to last for awhile.
For the weak nuc hives you can feed them along with the patty subs. The hyper growth hives you can put them
on the ant proof stands with another nuc box on top with some drawn frames. I like to make 5x5. Then next season make a split early on for another nuc hive using the top box to multiply your hive numbers. Lots of option here. Some will put them in a 10 frame box with a divider in between to house a 2 queen colony to overwinter in. This is also a time to experiment the hive configuration to see what set up method will work better in your local bee environment. Our winter is mild enough that you can feed them all year long. I'm putting Lauri's sugar bricks and homemade high protein patty subs on this week. We also have some strong 60 mph winds in rainy season so it is better that they are off the trees. I would tie them down on to the hive stand if they're not in a sheltered location. It is time to think about how to winter them now.
High protein subs ~1 lb. each:
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?