Is June or July too Late to Start a Nuc?
In our experience it is not if you are committed to feeding your nucs heavily from the time that you receive them until late Fall.
The primary natural nectar flow in our region runs from approximately the 3rd week of April through early June. This ends the typical natural feeding for the year unless you are fortunate to live in an area that has a later fall flow.
After the end of the natural nectar flow ends, the bees need fed in order to build-up and do well. Even established colonies often need close monitoring and feeding in the late summer/fall to get ready for winter. This depends on the following factors:
We hardly ever have trouble building up colonies before winter but are committed to heavy feeding.
It takes approximately 100 lbs of sugar per colony for them to:
PLEASE NOTE: Not feeding your new colonies enough will often stunt them. Colonies will often shut-down or slow-down the queen's egg-laying because of the dearth and not draw new comb. This is a very energy-intensive process for them. They need sufficient numbers of bees of all ages before the cold weather sets in to: