Both. I have open fed and I have put feeders in everyone. I would prefer not to feed but let them build on a nice flow. I build NUCs from both overwintered and production colonies and I have been playing with medium NUCs. Less on the mediums.How do you guys feed larger quantities of nucs? Do you put feeders in each one? Do you open feed (I've started using this some)? Do you guys prefer to split your nucs from full-size colonies in the spring rather than overwinter them? Do you offer both deep and medium nucs (I've been considering building medium nuc equipment)?
I find that the nucs that I winter successfully are the ones that require feeding in the fall. The late summer broodnest pretty much takes the entire 5 frames to which I fill with syrup throughout September. I know its easy for me to say, but you want that nest full of brood, to which will be completely back filled with syrup starting immediately after the supers are taken off.heavy with feed and bees going into winter ... dwindled to a handful of bees and died. ... they all had plenty of stores and good queens going into winter with low mites .