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Is it foolish to consider starting a Nuc with 2 brood frames and a queen? Or is 3 frames neccessary?

My only goal is increase and not honey this year.


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That's how I did it. I used a 5 frame box and put a frame of bees a frame of food 2 frames of foundation a queen and a division board feeder and they are doing very nice this winter. NWC's in one deep one medium.
 

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I have no food frames......... Can I just feed them HFCS and bee pro patties?

I am getting 30 frames of brood and it would be great to make 15 colonies of them......

With a good year do you think it is possible to sprilt the original 15 (with new queens) and make 30 hives to go into winter?? Again I am not interested in honey so the bees can have all their stores.

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If I have HFCS 70 do you dilute it?? I read here somewhere to dilute it with 10% water by volume.

I would imagine boiling the water is important to kill off nasty stuff and make for faster mixing.
 

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Any of you guys know where to get sugar in something like 30 or 40 pund bags? Buying them one at a time is getting old.
 

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The grocery stores here have 25 pound bags but cost per ounce (shown on the shelf) was actually higher than in 10 pound bags! I buy the 10's; easier to handle than a 25 anyway (I hate spilling sugar on the kitchen floor!). Might try Sam's Club also but they tend to have "name brands" instead of cheaper "store brands."

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When I was selling jelly at the farmers market, the local grocery store ordered sugar for me in bulk. It came in a stack of 4# bags,, and lasted me the restof the summer.
 

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go to your local school and talk with the kitchen administrator they will usualy order it for you in 50# bags and sell it to you at their price.
 

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hey Ian when you said you make a one frame split how long does it take to build up to a double deep hive? you got me interested. thanks Nick
 
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