1150My experiences with installing nucs into TBHs
- May 1, 2008I lost my only hive this last winter. I wanted to have a total of two
hives. The only bees I could find close by were nucs. I picked them
up from a commercial beekeeper with 1400 hives. He was not very nice
btw. He joked about giving me really hot ones.
I picked up the nucs in the evening of April 23rd and that night I set
the nucs on top of my TBHS. The next day I went to try to figure out
how to get them inside my hives. I had planned on removing the bottom
of the nuc boxes and setting them on top of the bars. I cut slits in
the bars so they would be able to go down into the TBH. However the
beekeeper said he wanted his nuc boxes back, and his bottom was more
than just one board. I thought if I took it apart I would probably
ruin the boxes. I tried to fit the whole nuc box inside my TBH, but
it was just a little too big. I ended up removing the 5 frames from
the nuc and leaned three against one side, and two against the other.
I left the nuc boxes on top of the TBHs so any remaining bees from
the nuc boxes would find their way into the TBHs.
We had a stretch of cold weather. Yesterday was the 1st day I checked
on them. Everything seems to be doing well, except they are building
comb from the frames to the top bars, and the orientation is wrong. I
put some straight comb in the TBHs toward the entrance hoping they
would use it. They are still clustered around the original nuc frames.
Is there anything I can do to encourage them to use the straight comb?
I plan on letting then finish up with the brood in the nuc frames and
as the weather warms up they should start to shift toward the other
areas of the hive. After they shift I can remove the frames and all
the extra comb.
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