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Nuc Update: 1st May 2018

posted Mar 20, 2018, 12:41 PM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated May 2, 2018, 2:47 AM by Helen Mooney ]
Our stronger colonies have filled their first brood box and of these, the cell raising colonies will soon be given a second brood box.  In the meantime, I noted sealed drone boood last weekend which suggests that drones could be emerging within the next 3 weeks.  They will need a week to mature before this years DCAs (Drone Congregation Areas) are established. 

We have not started queen rearing as yet so nucs can not be considered until the middle of June.  This can mean an agonising wait for beginners who just want to get started, but believe me it is worth waiting until mid JUne to guarantee you are buying a well established nuc with a well mated queen.  Do not be tempted to buy nucs any sooner.