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Making and Using Nucs
In colony management, the nucleus is truly the 'Swiss Army knife', useful in so many situations. Wedmore wrote in the 1930's "Almost every emergency of management can be met forthwith by putting something into or taking something out of a nucleus, while nuclei themselves seldom present emergencies."
We will look at how to make up nucs for various purposes, and the uses that nucs commonly have - such as making increase, queen mating and introduction, swarm control, bees for sale, and so on.
About Dan Basterfield, NDB
Dan grew up with beekeeping around him, earning pocket money by clipping and marking queens. Having spent 15 years working in large companies, he returned to the family beekeeping business in Devon in 2005, and with his father expanded the business and built a brand new Honey Farm as the centre of their honey production, queen raising, and teaching activities.
He is a regular lecturer around the UK on practical beekeeping topics. Daniel wrote some of the BBKA's Course in a Case training courses, has contributed to the BBKA's Liquid Gold and Swarming videos, and most recently co-authored the BBKA's revised Healthy Hive Guide book.