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21/9/18 Colony update

dansar

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Not totally bulging at the seams but definitely growing. This is the 2 frame nuc that I have been feeding protein substitutes and sugar syrup all winter. They finally graduated to a second brood box today. By the End of October I think they will be ready to split and add a mated queen to The queenless half. Bam! doubled a hive count instantly and plenty of time to build up for the summer honey flow.

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On 22/09/2018 at 7:46 AM, frazzledfozzle said:

Seems like a lot of work though ?

wouldnt it be easier to just strengthen up a single in spring then split it around now ?

Sorry I didn’t see this comment. Yep definitely easier. But there’s no fun in doing that.

All this was in aid of was to see if I could build up a tiny nuc through winter.

Yes I can and I split it in spring and both colonies went on to produce around 30kg each.

Not bad considering I used 4 mega bee patties and less that 20litres of syrup to get a 2 frame nuc to that point.

 

And two weeks ago I split the original split in to 2 ten frame colonies.

A pretty good outcome in less than 12 months.

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