Re: Small winter cluster
Sandwich them between insulated follower boards.
If you have two frames of bees - then those two frames are placed between the follower boards.
Feed from the top when weather is cold as they can not move.
Accessible honey frames outside of the boards so they can get some honey as needed (when weather is warm).
Throw a loose blanket/pillow on the top.
No need to move to nuc hives - they are just as cold and yet not enough space for extra insulation/extra supplies.
It is warmer to stay in the bigger hives but sandwiched in so that you have double-walls (or even triple-walls if want to).
Even if you have only 2-3 frames of bees - keep them in the big hive and implement a hive-inside-hive setup.
Last edited by GregV; 03-18-2019 at 12:37 PM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.