Mini Mating Nuc Instructions
1. Attach a 1" strip of pure beeswax foundation to the bottom of the top bar of each frame. This strip of foundation can be attached using melted, warm beeswax and a turkey baster. Place the prepared frames into the hive (in the bottom box). The bees will draw out and build more wax cells from this starter strip.
2. Fill the feeder compartment with liquid sugar syrup (1:1 ratio of sugar and water). The feeder compartment is the small compartment in the same box as the frames. The frames and feed are separated by a plastic excluder.
3. Shake some young bees into a box and spray with sugar syrup. Drop one large cupful of these sticky, wet bees into the mini nuc on top of the frames. It is best to remove one of the frames so that the bees can move down into the box easier. Replace this frame once all the bees have moved down.
4. Close up the nuc by placing the extra middle box and the top onto the bottom box.
5. Let sit for about an hour and then introduce the virgin queen into the nuc from the adjustable entrance.
6. Leave in a cool, dark place for 2 to 3 days.
7. Take the nuc to the chosen site and release the mated queen into the queenless hive.
8. Check the newly queened hive in 10 days to 2 weeks for signs of laying.