This article was previously published in May 2011 but contains seasonally relevant information. Winter is a great time to repair or build equipment. While you are in the shop you really should consider building a couple of nucleus hives to prepare for the upcoming season.
For plans and instructions on building an Easy Nuc click here.
If you have a hive of bees you really need a nucleus hive – a small hive that contains 5 or fewer frames.What you can do with a Nucleus Hive:
Housing a backup queen – If you only have one hive you’re working without a net. If you have a nuc with an extra queen in it you have the ability to recover gracefully from a mishap. This is the main thing you want a nuc for – Keep another one for catching swarms and all that.