I ordered two nucs from Don Kutchenmeister (aka Fatbeeman), and they are to be shipped in mid April. (I might add parenthetically, that Mr. Kutchenmeister was very pleasant, gave great advice, and endured many silly questions from me. I enjoyed my conversation with him very much). In any event, I have never bought a nuc, and it occurred to me (after I hung up) that I have no idea what to do with these things when they arrive.
We all have those I shoula asked or shoulda saids after the fact.
What exactly does one do wit a nuc on arrival?
Set it up were you want your hives to be.
How does the transition from nuc box to hive take place?
You can transfer into a standard box a day or 2 later or, as I prefer, wait until they draw out and occupy a 2nd nuc box super then transfer them over to the standard box with some of the frames going into a standard super. That way you have a 2 story standard hive. Using my preferred method you'll actually end up with a hive in better condition and development over the 1st option.
Is feeding necessary? /quote]
No, not necessary but some like to do it anyway.
Should I expect the nuc to produce honey its first year?
No, but odds are much better than if it were a package.