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  1. #1
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    Default plastic hive dividers

    Was interested in getting anyone's experience with the plastic hive dividers that you can use to create small nucs with a standard deep hive body:

    http://www.betterbee.com/products.asp?dept=561
    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com....asp?pcode=460

    Specifically was wondering with phermones from multiple queens that can pass through the built in screen was enough to cause confusion in a multi-hive deep. I have heard reports of the nucs becoming single queen units.

    Also, has anyone just cut out their own dividers using luan plywood, similar to queen castles. The plastic dividers at $10 each seems a little pricy.

    post edit:

    here is a similar topic I found using search:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=201631
    Last edited by shughes; 02-28-2008 at 08:53 AM. Reason: similar link edit
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    I make the dividers out of masonite (or whatever the generic is). I slot the hive bodies for nucs. This has the advantage of working with bodies that aren't slotted but it hasn't bothered me thus far.
    http://www.voiceofthehive.com - Tales of Beekeeping and Honeybees

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    i bought some luan today and plan on putting a 1/4 dado in the hive bodies similar to what drobbins did in his post below,

    http://beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=201487
    Hughes Honey Apiary
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    I bought a couple of them. They never really worked out.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    I have one. It is very difficult to keep in place. It's made of several plastic segments which slide relative to one another on pins. It just won't stay put when you put the inner cover on, etc.

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    I have used them but not to divide a hive into two nucs.
    They used to be advertized as plastic follower boards and used as such they work adequately. You can also use them to pin a queen in a specific area of the hive.
    If I was going to divide a hive body I would slot the box and install tempered masonite or exterior grade plywood.
    Frank

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