What is the best way to set up 100-200 nucs?
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    Default What is the best way to set up 100-200 nucs?

    Just wondering what is the best way to set up 100-200 nucs?

    We are experimenting with 36 new nucs and I am posting a pic. I have some questions...

    1. What is the best pattern to place the nucs [straight lines, "U" shape patterns, zig-zags, etc?]?
    2. How far apart should nuc boxes be from each other?
    3. Is afternoon shade important [we are seeing 100F temps].
    4. Have you any other suggestions?

    Thanks!Nuc yard.jpg

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    Default Re: What is the best way to set up 100-200 nucs?

    Are you putting cells in or mated queens?
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    Default Re: What is the best way to set up 100-200 nucs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Branman View Post
    Are you putting cells in or mated queens?
    Branman,

    We are experimenting with the following methods:

    1. Install sealed queen cells after making up a nuc and made queenless for two days [most are done this method].
    2. Install a live queen [haven't tried it yet, but will attempt it with our next batch of queens].
    3. Simple splits [5 frame nucs with one frame of eggs, two frames of honey, one frame of pollen, one frame of drawn comb].

    What pattern do you recommend we place the nucs? We are presently completing dozens of 8 ft. metal bee colony stands that will permit 7-8 nucs per stand if we place them side by side. Not sure if side by side is way too close.

    Half of the last 36 nucs we placed in a straight line with nucs spaced 12 inches a part, and every other nuc was faced opposite directions...

    The other half we placed in trees [I know, quite unorthodox], separated 30-50 ft. from each other...

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