Overwintering a NUC
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  1. #1
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    Default Overwintering a NUC

    I have one 5 frame Deep NUC 40% brood, 60% honey/pollen mix with a 5 frame Medium on top about 80% filled with honey. Another one in a different yard about in a similar situation. For Winter should I put another Medium on top and feed them till it is full as well? And more importantly, since the NUCs have just migratory covers on them what should I do for ventilation and feeding? Since I am out of hardware for any of those options and don't have much time, want to know what would be best to spend what time I have building or break down and buy.

    Frank

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Overwintering a NUC

    i would say it is too late for manipulations and i would leave them as is, which is fine BTW. one year i overwintered two 4f mediums, one made it.

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    Default Re: Overwintering a NUC

    My nucs overwinter in the same configuration I overwinter my full size hives, just in smaller portions. Does your full size hive need "another med" or be fine with a migratory cover, same with ventilation and feeding.
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    Default Re: Overwintering a NUC

    Ok, will just make some shims to allow for winter patty or sugarcake feeding and add a vent hole for them.

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