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BEEKEEPING LEARNING CENTER => RAPID BEEYARD GROWTH => Topic started by: Spear on May 04, 2014, 02:26:45 am

Title: I can't believe my luck!
Post by: Spear on May 04, 2014, 02:26:45 am
When I 1st was going to start with beekeeping I was planing on starting out slowly with 2 or 3 hives. However as I have mentioned before I now have 12 hives - 2 bought from a beek from the club and 10 from the widow of an old beek who died suddenly. This was in August last year (2013).
1 of the 10 didn't make it through the winter but I made up for that loss easily by splitting one of the other hives. 2 of my hives have swarmed and I lost those swarms as I was not prepared for them. I had one of my hives do 'boomerang' swarm so I quickly put out 2 swarm traps. Yesterday I noticed a lot of activity around the 1 swarm trap. Then I looked closer at the 2nd trap and there were loads of bees around that one to so it looks like I have caught 2 swarms! Now my step father wants to go and buy 10 more empty hives for me so I can expend my apiary even more rapidly than I was expecting!
Should I get some nuc boxes and try over wintering them so I can sell them next year? I'm trying to prove to my step father that I can make a profitable business of the bees and not just from the honey but from the bees themselves - Nucs, queen breeding, pollen and propolis.

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Title: Re: I can't believe my luck!
Post by: sawdstmakr on May 04, 2014, 08:05:21 am
It is still spring, why not build them into hives and then split them in the spring. I do not know what your flows are like but if you have more coming, that is what I would do.
Jim
Title: Re: I can't believe my luck!
Post by: marktrl on June 02, 2014, 08:54:07 pm
Watching this video will show you the best way to over winter nucs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nznzpiWEI8A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nznzpiWEI8A)
Title: Re: I can't believe my luck!
Post by: NotactJack on June 04, 2014, 12:40:40 am
MP still overwinters his nucs on like 12 frames 3-4 brood then the rest bee feed.