I would...Do folks pay more for overwintered nucs, or does it matter?
My overwintered nucs are too valuable to sell in the spring. Would I rather have $150 or the exploding resources that this nuc will supply, or perhaps upsupering with a 5 frame and then splitting. 2 for 1 special.Do folks pay more for overwintered nucs, or does it matter?
Okay, so i think this answers an unanswered question swimming in my head. Over wintered nucs are put together later in the year, right? Otherwise, how would you keep them from blowing out of the nuc box,(unless you used their resources elsewhere). You would want to put them together to take advantage of a good fall flow? Fill in the gaps for me. Thanks!I would...
Speaking from my perspective...I have about 50 nucs, 5 frame deeps, that have come through the winter. All with 2013 queens. They started in late summer with 2-3 frames of capped brood and a mated queen...By now, all of them are 2-3 boxes, full of bees that either need to be split or given more space.
How did you over winter nucs that you made up in the summer? How many frames did the bees cover? Did you put a nuc of honey frames above them?@Jeyster...yes, I put them together later in the year. But also, like you say you can put them together anytime during the year, and keep them under control by using them as extra resources( build frames for you, provide extra brood for other colonies, etc)...See Michael Palmer's vast experience and inspiring take on the nucs.
A good fall flow is/would be great to have indeed. If not, you'll have to feed, but I tell you, it's much easier to feed a fall nuc to get them ready for winter than it to feed a large production colony.
Oh, That's right...thanks for reminding me about M. Palmer. I did watch a video of him speaking in England a few months back. Now that we're coming into the thick of it I'll have to revisit!...See Michael Palmer's vast experience and inspiring take on the nucs.