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  1. Bee Forum
    I want to give two hives boost by taking a frame or two of capped brood from another hive (w/no bees on it) and giving it to them for population boost. However, the donor hive is a 20 minute drive from the new hives. How long can the capped brood be alone and not covered by nurse bees? It’s...
  2. Bee Forum
    What are the minimum requirements to do a double nuc at this time of year? I am located in Pennsylvania and was given 2 swarms that were very healthy and I set them up in a double nuc 4x4, with 8 total frames on each side. I like the idea of hedging your bets by having multiple nucleus colonies...
  3. Bee Forum
    There are some truly good beekeepers on here and two who stood out to me are Mr Palmer and Mr Steppler. In fact I watch MP's 'The Sustainable Apiary' , like a great movie, at least twice a year. In my search to find applicable knowledge concerning Nucs I routinely emulate what these two are...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    Below, I have summarized the steps to make a split or new nuc into outline form, for future reference. There is SO much information and SO many opinions about the "best" way, that I've been trying to reduce steps down to the simplest version to make it less overwhelming and easier to remember...
  5. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hi, Castleton, VT zone 4b Newish to beekeeping and I, though under-informed, think that feeding is not good for the long term success of bees and want to try to take over-wintering nucs to the next level and see if I can get them to survive without any feeding. I'll admit I'm way in over my...
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