21/9/18 Colony update in Managing a nucleus colony for population increase in winter A blog by dansar Posted March 30 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.