Transferring Double Nucleus Colonies
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Transferring Double Nucleus Colonies

[music] So here we have our
double nucs, it’s spring of the year,
it’s May 4th. We’re now going to
do the last stage of management for
these double nucs. They were
wintered indoors, we sometimes
winter them indoors sometimes
outdoors and wrapped up outside. These were
wintered indoors we moved about March,
early in March it was quite warm then
and then we had a lot of cool weather,
but they still have come along they’re now
filling four to five frames of bees and
we need to get them out of there before
they start thinking about preparing
to swarm. So we transfer them into full-size
hives and several weeks later we’ll be
making up some new hives, new double
nucleus colony hives, so the cycle will
start over again. These are the replacement
for our winter losses, so we
basically have replaced our winter
losses a year ahead. They all have young
queens in them and they are ready to go. They’ll build up
pretty strongly and produce a good crop
of honey for us this year, but now we need
to get them out of the box and transfer
them into their own hives. Dave is going to
take care of that coming right up. OK so we’re at the point we’re ready
to now move these these two colonies
that are in this double nuc into their own
separate colonies, our hive boxes. So to do that pretty simple we’ll get to
the frames in a bit but you basically
just need two single brood chamber hives, ready to rock and roll, then you can get
working on that. So we’ll go into this,
this double nuc get things lined up. So we open this,
this side. It’s looking very
good there’s there’s adult bees from
side to side. When we get into it that’s when we
can have a look at the brood and
where where the colonies at that wise. So we’re ready to
go with this side. So in order to
get things totally ready what you
want is to line up this side with
the entrance so this side of the
double nuc has the entrance on this side. So we’re going to line that up with
this, this single brood chamber box
that we brought so with the both
entrances are pointing the same way and just to get ready
we have the same thing done with this
single brood chamber. So the entrance
for this side is on this side of the
box and we have the entrance pointing that
way for that one. Again we’ve seen
the adult bees they look good and strong. You want to get
in that first frame or check
where the brood situation is at. We got the first
frame out. We’re doing two things at once
we’re on the lookout for the queen
but we’re also looking at where
the colony is adding and it’s brood stages
brood cycle and on this frame there
is a lot of brood, there’s eggs in there. So it’s looking
quite strong, quite healthy. So we’re going
to start transitioning and
transferring over into that that kind of
final hive where it’s going to end up. Just something I
look for the Queen. Don’t see it. And the Queen’s in the box. So we’ll catch her. They’re always a little
more difficult to catch when they’re
inside the box. We can put her
in a cage. And now we’re ready
to finish up with this side of the
double nuc. So only five frames came out of
that one so we need to top this one
up and make sure there’s ten
frames in it. And I’ve already kind
of sorted that out so what you’re going
to need is two foundation frames and
they go along the outside walls. Put those in. And then an empty frame. This one doesn’t
look the greatest but it came from
a dead hive. So we’ll put that beside. Just pick one
side doesn’t matter what side. And put that beside the foundation frame and
then you’re going to grab two feed frames
or honey frames and that’s what
you’re going to put beside the bees. So you’re going to be putting three
frames on one side and two on another. We might need to move the frames around. It’s important when
you’re doing this to make sure
the frames that you take out of this double
nuc kind of stay in the same order. The bees because
they’re going into this size of
a box and they’re gonna need to
be keeping that warm they really
want the brood concentrated in the
middle of that colony. So if they have it
sorted out so if we just keep things
in the same order should be pretty
good to go. So we’re done transferring
and that’s that’s ready to be a
full-size colony. So I release the queen. There she is and
there she goes. So we’re done with
that one, so we’ll cover it up while
we work on the other half. So put our undercover
and our lid on. Now we’re ready
to get going on that other half. And there she is. Grab her, put her
in a cage. At this point, again,
we’re ready to fill this box right on up with the extra five frames. And again I have that already picked up
beside me. But you have your two foundation frames and
they go on the outside walls. I have an empty frame. This is a little bit of a dirty one but
it will clean out right up with
all that wax on. And then your
two honey frames. So this is frame
has honey underneath all
those cappings. I just have to
stick our one last honey frame in. Stick that right
on in there. Space things out. Great. So that’s ready to
go we just need to release the queen. In she goes. Put our inner cover
on. Next our lid. And so now
what we have to do, because
both these have the same
entrances oriented in the same way as that
original double nuc, but they obviously
can’t go side by side, what we end up doing
is we move this original double nuc
out of its spot and then just choose one,
move it into the original spot,
put the second one on top of that keeping the entrances
one on top of each other going the
original ways. Now on a nice day like today is
typically when you’d be doing this
you just put the original double nuc on top and kind of give the bees
a chance to head back home. So they’re to
their new homes and clean this
box up. Typically overnight
all the bees get out of there. And that’s transferring
a double nuc into their own
full-size colonies.

31 thoughts on “Transferring Double Nucleus Colonies

  1. Hi Paul & Dave,
    Thanks for sharing this video, it's always interesting to see how other beekeepers manage their bees. I wish my bees would allow me to work without a beesuit & veil!
    A question relating to disease prevention, the new boxes don't appear to be cleaned and scorched out and Dave talks about adding a frame of honey from a dead hive. Do you not worry about the chance of cross contamination between colonies? After all the hard work of bringing the nuc on so well I would be terrified of possibly transferring disease and losing a hive. This is not a criticism as you obviously know what you are doing, just interested in your views.

  2. Hi Paul
    When overwintering, do the bees go through on just the bottom 5 frames or do you add another super of honey above? I am assuming you have a 4-5 months of winter?

    Also interested in how your overwinter indoors ?

    Thx again for your help and advice

  3. When you put the lid on top of the canvas cover does it not squash the bees if there is no space available for them? Do you have any ventilation problems with no vets up the top? Thank you for helping all our learning about bees, still so much to learn.

  4. Hi Thank you for your great videos helps me a lot.When do you move the upper breed box away from the bottom one and how far are you moving it away from its original spot. Thanks in advance. Trying to keep bees in Finland

  5. Will Paul be making more videos as the seasons starts to kick off this year? This is my favorite bee channel but I need more!

  6. Hi. Thanks for the great videos, can't wait to see the one on indoor over-wintering you mentioned below. When were these nucs created last year?

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  8. Hello. At the start of the video, Paul is sitting on some kind of bee hive seat. Do you have a good picture of the seat? Also, do you know where I can find plans so I can make one? I appreciate your videos.

  9. Do you ever use a feeder with sugar syrup (2:1 or 1:1 depending on local climate) instead of frames of honey for the two nascent colonies?

  10. If u super these how much honey do they typically make? I know can be million variables but I mean do they usually fill one deep super? two? Three made up strong on a good flow .Anyone with Experience please let me know, I got some but just let fill their own 4 Frame super an use their brood..

    Really educational and fun

  12. I notice you don't seem to do any housekeeping in your hives. By that I mean you don't remove burr comb on the tops of the frames, or scrape the wax build up on the frame shoulders. If you did this as you removed the frames it will give more clearance a d make it easier to take the frames out the next inspection. Just a suggestion.

  13. Why do you need to catch and cage the queen if you already know she's going into the hive where the rest of the colony is going?

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