Welcome, Guest

Author Topic: Wintering nucs/making nucs before winter  (Read 5530 times)

Offline bee-nuts

  • Queen Bee
  • ****
  • Posts: 1100
  • Gender: Male
    • Nectar Meadows Apiaries
Wintering nucs/making nucs before winter
« on: August 26, 2009, 02:49:35 AM »
Ok, Im not sure how to ask this without going over board.  Just keep in mind I live in northern Wisconsin.

I have a hive that apparently wants to swarm again.  Would it be insane to make nucs from the queen cells and try to over winter them?  If not a insane idea, could anyone suggest how to over winter them?  I heard you can winter them on top of another hive, make a insulated box to put several in together.  I'm not scared to suffer some losses and disappointment if there is a fare chance of success.  I can feed sugar water, steal honey, brood, and pollen to some degree if required.

Links and methods appreciated!!!
The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory

Thomas Jefferson

Offline Jim 134

  • Super Bee
  • *****
  • Posts: 2351
  • Gender: Male
    • Franklin County Beekeepers Association
Re: Wintering nucs/making nucs before winter
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2009, 08:07:08 AM »
When is your first frost in Northwest Wisconsin ?

Would it be insane to make nucs from the queen cells ? IMO yes from egg to lay queen is about 45 days


      BEE HAPPY Jim 134  :)
"Tell me and I'll forget,show me and I may  remember,involve me and I'll understand"
        Chinese Proverb

"The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways."
 John F. Kennedy
Franklin County Beekeepers Association MA. http://www.franklinmabeekeepers.org/

Offline Michael Bush

  • Universal Bee
  • *******
  • Posts: 14780
  • Gender: Male
    • bushfarms.com
Re: Wintering nucs/making nucs before winter
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2009, 07:59:03 PM »
The time to be making up nucs in the North was probably about a month to a month and a half ago...
Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm en espanol: bushfarms.com/es_bees.htm  auf deutsche: bushfarms.com/de_bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen

Offline leominsterbeeman

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 461
  • Gender: Male
    • http://www.leominsterbeeman.com
Re: Wintering nucs/making nucs before winter
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2009, 12:27:39 PM »
For nothern climates (it's best to do this in late July - early August)

This is a website that has a presentation on overwintering nucs  by Michael Palmer,  he is in Vermont.     His technique is working well for him. My bee business partner and I are trying it out for this year - so far so good.   It all makes sense to me and those that I trust.

It's a good method for those with multiple hives to manage.    It's a means to hedge your bets on getting colonies thru the winter.

http://www.yulesapiaries.com/VideosandPics.html


Offline bee-nuts

  • Queen Bee
  • ****
  • Posts: 1100
  • Gender: Male
    • Nectar Meadows Apiaries
Re: Wintering nucs/making nucs before winter
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2009, 06:04:18 PM »
leominsterbeeman

I tried the link and it did not work.  Maybe there server is down at the moment.

I have seen instructions on how to make a heated box that houses 5 standard deep with five two frame nucs in each one giving you 25 nucs.  It is covered Styrofoam and the guy claims only 10-20% losses,  He is in Manitoba Canada.  Oh good, I found it, here it is.

http://www.mbbeekeeping.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=59

If I ever try it which I would like to, I would do it on a smaller scale for starters and probably 3 3-frame nucs in a box.



The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory

Thomas Jefferson


 

anything