Building a nuc colony / I need some direction in life
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  1. #1
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    Default Building a nuc colony / I need some direction in life

    I will start by saying I am new at this ( going into second year) and if I had this all worked out I would not be troubling all of you. I have an idea for an early nuc. I'm in NW Ohio, usually spring seems to get here about Mothers day. A time when temps even out and the cold nights are slipping away.

    What I am thinking about doing, depending on temperatures the first week of May , is taking a good 10 deep over 10 deep colony and putting a QE on top. I would remove some brood and larva from another hive ( I like the queen in the second hive) add some honey and put two 4 or 5 frame nucs on the top of QE, side by side. I'm thinking the nurse bees will go up and start to take care of brood. if this works I plan on taking the QE out and replacing with double screen board. Giving each nuc their own entrance. Then just standing back and waiting to see if queen cells pop up and things take off.

    I'm thinking by using the double screen board I can take advantage of the warmth of the original colony. This might allow me to do this a week or two earlier in the season. I'm not interested in honey right now.

    So that's my idea. I need some input from the experts to fine tune or scrap the whole thing. Help!

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    Default Re: Building a nuc colony / I need some direction in life

    Sounds good to me - I'd say you've thought this through rather well ...
    LJ
    A Heretics Guide to Beekeeping http://heretics-guide.atwebpages.com/

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    Default Re: Building a nuc colony / I need some direction in life

    Sounds like a good plan, but you will need to have your timing of removing the QE & adding the double screen on point, the longer you wait, the older the eggs & larvae become. Also make sure your dimensions on your nucs fit on top with no overhang, & of course your double screen will need a center to keep the nuc colonies separate.
    Please excuse me, I am now free to go manage & treat ;)
    my ladies the best way I know how.

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