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Hi all.

I over-wintered a couple of colonies in 5 over 5 nucs side by side in a double deep configuration. I'm wondering if there are any rules of thumb for when to move colonies out of nucs into standard 10-frame equipment. I've seen a lot of pollen coming in the last couple of weeks, so I would expect the colony populations to start expanding soon.

I would guess that if it looks crowded during inspection, then it's time to get on with it before they start thinking about swarming. Correct?

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If they are crowded, give them more room. I would not more than double their space. If they are filling the boxes with ten frames then don't give them more than ten more. You could add a five frame box (if you have them) or move them to a ten frame box with a ten frame box of frames over that...
 

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I'm wondering if there are any rules of thumb for when to move colonies out of nucs into standard 10-frame equipment. I've seen a lot of pollen coming in the last couple of weeks, so I would expect the colony populations to start expanding soon.

I would guess that if it looks crowded during inspection, then it's time to get on with it before they start thinking about swarming. Correct?

TIA
Correct :D, my rules of thumbs are before they have drawn or filled the tenth frame or bees on at least 8 frames.
 

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Im moving my 6-frame nuc to 10-frame on sunday. They have active brood, not solid brood on 4 frames. Maple flow is strong this year, lots of nectar, pollen and left over stores.
 
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