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I have two nucs in 5 frame equipment that were overwintered. Both of these have at least one full frame of honey but they just can't build up population. The Queens both have a pretty good brood pattern but very small (about 6" in dia.) So, I read somewhere that honey is not really easily used for brood rearing. Should I be feeding these nucs until they are in full size equipment even if there is a nectar flow? Also, both of these nucs are being fed pollen patties and are eating it. Thanks for your help.
 

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yep, if you fed'em there will be less need for foragers so more can tend brood and build comb. id feed till they have at least 10 frames. good luck,mike
 

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Just another thought, if it is true that honey isn't used very well for brood rearing would it be best not to even put a frame of honey in a nuc as long as you are going to feed them?
 
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