I have overwintered 5 framers, 5 over 5, and about any other nuc setup. Much depends on the weather. I had 4 good years of nuc success, then last year, a cold snap took out 75% of my nucs. We had some mild winters, but last year there was a week with nighttime temps at -5 and daytime temps in the low teens. The small clusters (bad fall buildup) just froze out.LilWilli said:Bjorn---Are nucs hard to overwinter?
I have given a lot of thought to that. But there's no way we could afford to buy an existing operation right now without taking on debt, and part of the agreement I came to with my wife when I ran the idea of taking beekeeping to a commercial level by her is that she made me promise that we wouldn't take out loans to do it. Still, it get's awfully tempting, especially when there are outfit's like Purvis Brothers up for sale... in an area we've thought about moving to many times... it's AWEFULLY tempting. But a promise is a promise and I intend to keep that promise until the boss tells me otherwise.sqkcrk said:Maybe you could find an outfit to buy.
That's a great suggestion that I will definately try to work with. But so far I've never even so much as tagged along on a removal... I might see if G3 needs any extra hands on the removals he'll be doing next year though...Iddee said:SgtMaj, If you really want to grow, with the business paying it's way, think about removals.