Over wintering in nucs?

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  1. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Have seen bits and peices on over wintering bees in nuc boxes even this far north.
    Any body have any comments on how it is done?
    I was wondering if I could over wither my double nucs this way. My double nucs are a normal deep with a divider in the middle with 5 frames on either side.

    :D Al
     
  2. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    The gent in Kansas who taught me about bees would place his double nucs on the south side of a building, and he said most would live.

    Then again, there is a bit of a DIFFERENCE between Kansas and Michigan!
     

  3. Mountaineer

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    Any way you could fed the heck out of them into a full deep?
    Or how about pinching one queen and over wintering the one single deep?

    Over wintering a single deep is hard enough where I live (cold), so what I've done in stack hives, so the heat from the bottom one goes up into the smaller top one. Then four to a skid, wrapped in styrofoam/tarpaper.....
    But nucs- that's tough as they'll need food stores.
     
  4. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Only tried to over winter in one single deep once. Didn't have good results with it. I think the cluster size was to large really.

    Here is my double nuc set up. The front entrance are the openings closed, the rear openings just fit a boardman feeder. Yes I use SBB for the double nucs too.

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    Deep with divider board in place. I use screening over the front vent hole. Some times I do plug the hole though.

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    With five frames in place.

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    With half of the intercover on.

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    With both intercovers on.

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    Entrance and feeder view. This one is in use too.

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    Showes both entrances and plug in vent hole. Also the feed jar was empty.

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    :D Al
     
  5. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    this is one of my regular single 5 frame nucs. I wish I could find a short gallon or 1/2 gallon jar that fit under the cover. They can and do go thru a quart of syrup in a day.

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    :D Al