Re: Nuc calculator for projected hive count
I think there are too many variables that can not be accurately predicted. 5 to 25 is not hard as a strong hive (10 frame double deep) can easily be split into 5 nucs. But you need bees. Are you feeding high protein pollen sub and providing sugar bricks or syrup to your bees right now? Are your hives currently packed with bees?Remember 80% preparation and 20% perspiration. You dont even need to graft. When you take out the first split from each of your existing hives, make sure you get the queen. Then in two weeks, spilt the remaining bees into four nucs this time making sure that each nuc is getting a frame that has capped queen cells on it. You may need to cut out and move a few cells if most end up being on just one or two frames. Then feed them more pollen patty and keep the sugar on them until they are full sized. Why are you buying nucs again?
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.