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Hi all, I know this topic has come up in the forums a few times but im wondering if anyone has new thoughts on the issue. I've got 4 foot top bar hives which I am making two foot nucs out of. They've currently got queen cells and about 3-5 frames of brood and nectar/pollen. The nucs have a capacity of 14 bars, and are made of 2x fir with 2 inch polyiso over the bars. I know by October they're going to have to be ready for winter (central NJ shore), and I'm wondering how big they should be before I consider combining the smaller nucs. Any general guidelines for size prior to wintering. I know there are a lot of variables with genetics and length/severity of winter, but does anyone have their own rules of thumb for this.
 
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