You have 200 hives.I have a small swarm from September that's only 2 or 3 frames. Apart from the small size it looks good, but I'm giving it a 50/50 chance. It's in a poly nuc to give it the best chance.
I always take 5 frame nucs through winter with the same survival rate as full colonies.
How much bees you have in another hive? If there are brood frames, give 2 of them to the tiny one.I have a small nuc that is covering 2 frames, it was hammered by wasps earlier in the season.
thank you finman, that gives me something to think aboutHow much bees you have in another hive? If there are brood frames, give 2 of them to the tiny one.
I have used electrict heating to 2-4 fames nucs. The heater must be in upper part of the hive, that it does not disturb the cluster formation. Aluminium sheet speads the heat to wider area.
The heat source to 2 frame nuc may be 1 W.
This 1 W nightlamp is enough to use. Price is 3 euros.
Taff, if some one sells to you two frame of bees, or more, it surely saves your small nuc.
Hivemaker lives in Somerset, is so and he is eager to make business.
Shut them in and feed them for a couple of days. Give them something to stay for.all I need to work out is how I'm going to get a frame or 2 from the colonies in the orchard to the nuc in my garden without losing all the flying bee's, they'll go back to the orchard as its less than a mile away.