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Last August I started 2 seperate NUCS in a Beemax NUC box.
I fed heavily through late Octoboer with hivetop feeder. I then replaced with insulated Beemax top. Hive had plenty of bees and stores.
This spring, both hives were dead outs, with a couple of frames of honey each. Can anyone tell me what went wrong?

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My personal opinion, you need to start nucs much earlier based on your locale. I have poor luck starting summer nucs in July, never-the-less august. I would suggest starting your nucs in June or earlier if you can. Last year the flow was poor in the fall which didn't help matters.
 

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feeding is a two edged sword, if the queen shutsdown while you are feeding the bees that you want to winter over, age from converting the sugar water into honey, find the post's by michael palmer in beesource and see how he does it and when he start the nucs.
 
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