I am fixing to make a split in a five frame nuke with one frame of eggs, one frame of emerging brood, and three frames of honey. I don't want to feed sugar water just frames of honey. And was wondering how fast I can expect them to burn through the frames of honey? I am not putting a queen in this they will be making one of their own, hopefully.
If you want the nuc to retain sufficient ppopulation to go about the activities in a hive you'd best exchange one of those frames of honey for one of brood.
Because, once the brood cells a re capped they will no longer consume food sources and that will use up 1 frame of honey, the bees can live on the other frame while awaiting the queen and the cells from any hatched brood plus what is emptied from consumed feeding it to the brood will be filled from foraging bees. The general rule of thumb is to put 3 frames of mixed brood/eggs, 1 of honey, and 1 empty frame so the bees have something to work on while awaiting the queens hatch.
I just did 1 where I used 5 frames of mixed brood, with eggs in queen cells, plus 1 frame of honey and 4 frames to work on as the quantity of brood in each frame was at the max so once it was all hatched it would cover 10 frames. After trying it a few times I like doing my splits intodouble stacked nuc boxes as I can put more frames into the split, making it stronger, provide more stores and still have several frames for the bees to expand onto and work on drawing comb.