One of my hives swarmed the end of May, and I found a ton of queen cells in the hive that swarmed. I pulled off a couple of frames (with the queen cells) to nucs and made 2 new queens. Those nucs are doing great!
My goal is to have a couple of nucs to overwinter. But I fear the timing of my swarm / nuc creation is too early.
Is it too early to have nucs that I intend to keep nucs in order to overwinter? I had thoughts that as the nucs grow, I could swap out a frame of brood from the nuc for an empty frame, and keep the nuc small (I'd put the frame of brood into another full-size hive to give it a boost). Is this a reasonable activity?
I really don't want to build those nucs into a full-size hive; I suppose I could sell the nucs now and make a new nuc.
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