The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past decades, held Varroa Destructor, a mite, and other major pests at bay, but chemical-resistance is building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to offer. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making the problem worse. Natural Beekeeping flips the script on traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management.
The Advantages of Using Nucs in Beekeeping Operations. Many people keep nucs as support colonies. A good rule of thumb is for every two to three production colonies one has in an apiary, keep one support nuc. The job of the support nuc is to keep the production colonies as strong as possible so they can make as much honey as possible.
Location, Location, Location: Where to Put Your Beehives - Homesteading and Livestock