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    Default medium nuc vs deep nuc

    A comment on another thread about the "going rate" for a nuc got me to thinking. As a number folks favor all mediums instead of deeps in the broodnest, what would one charge for a 5 frame nuc comprised of medium frames vs deeps?

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    I only produce a very few Nucs - mostly to keep queens available, but I have sold a few, last year and again this year. My Nucs, like my hives are mostly on medium depth frames, most combs are small-cell or foundationless. I charge $65 each for a Nuc with five medium frames, with frame exchange, I transfer them into your equipment. Next year I will likely charge $75 each.
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    Default medium nuc vs. deep nuc

    Keith,
    I get the same price for either on my russians. I get $ 80.00 for either. Takes the same amount of time and the same new queen.
    Thanks Dwight
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    Quote Originally Posted by REDTRACTOR1 View Post
    Keith,
    I get the same price for either on my russians. I get $ 80.00 for either. Takes the same amount of time and the same new queen.
    Thanks Dwight
    But less bees.:confused:

    This is an interesting thread, 'cus I want to do nucs next year, and I don't want to cut into the market too cheap, or too expensive.
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    All the costs, frames, queens, labor, etc are about the same. I charge $80.

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    We would not charge less for mediums if we offered them. The bees are hardly a factor. Anyone making nucs in the spring has a surplus of bees, shaking a few out won't effect the parent colony. The Q and the time are the main expenses. And one needs to look carefully at one's potential market. Most folks want deep frames because their brood boxes are deeps, although more and more are going to mediums. If one is selling to many customers, standardization is key and mediums might just be more hassle than they are worth.
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    However, medium frames fit in deep supers, side-by-side with deep frames, but deep frames do not fit into medium depth supers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    However, medium frames fit in deep supers, side-by-side with deep frames, but deep frames do not fit into medium depth supers.
    Exactly why I'm going w/Mediums.
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    I like a deep and an Illinois for brood. Easier to inspect and seemingly more area for egglaying. This year I had some excellent queens who required a deep and 2 Illinois to lay in. Inevitably, one of those Illinois will become honey or pollen bound and limit brood laying real estate.

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