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planbee 

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I'd like to start off a nuc, or two, to give me a good start to the season next year, but please be patient whilst I ask a couple of questions.

Firstly, what stops it from expanding so quickly that it swarms?

Secondly, what would be the latest dates that I should start them off, consistent with getting them through the winter?

I should mention that they will start outside, in my apiary, [the one that's diguised as the edge of a field of cows], and then transferred to a shed in my garden.

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Nucs are not going to expand that fast now, as you may have noticed colonies are beginning to contract.

I am planning on starting another 9 this year, and so the sooner you get your cells going really the better.

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So is the magic number=30 for you this year PH ?
 

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My magic number for Winter is 30 yes, 20 nucs for next spring sale and 10 comb honey production units, which will also provide the nuc replacements for 2011.

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Thanks for the info.

As from today, I have doubled my number of hives - I now have two!

I'll get cracking with my nucs then.

John
 

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