starting nucs mid july?

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  1. powwowman

    powwowman New Member

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    Hello, and good day to all beeks,

    I am just wondering if mid july is too late to start a couple of nucs, (to get the through the winter in Kentucky?)

    I m thinking of pulling a couple frames of fresh eggs and larva with nurse bees and letting them make a queen.

    Thanks
     
  2. camero7

    camero7 Member

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    I make nucs throughout July but I use mated queens. I've had good luck getting them through the winter. Much colder here than where you are in the winter. You will need to feed them.
     

  3. ApisBees

    ApisBees Active Member

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    30 days to have a queen mated and back in the hive laying. 3 more weeks before the fists of her new brood emerges. Add an other 2 weeks for the bees to start foraging. And the bees need to raise a winter bee population? It is pushing it. make up a nuc with a mated queen and she is released and laying with in a week.