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    Default Mating Nucs?

    Recently I saw something where there were three or four small nucs in a single 10 frame hive body. I think it was called a mating nuc where each section had room for a few frames.

    Does anyone know where I can get plans for this type of setup? Also curious what you need to do to convert a hive body so that you can house more than one group of bees in there.

    My thought is to make something to raise queens from the cells I find in my hives.

    All ideas are appreciated.

    thx

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    http://www.bushfarms.com/images/TwoByFourMatingNucs.JPG
    http://www.bushfarms.com/images/TwoByFourNuc2.jpg

    I just divide up a ten frame box. If I were doing it again I'd use eight frame boxes (lighter) and 1/4" luan for dividers (thinner) and make three sections. I notched the dividers into the walls and used 1/4" luan for the bottoms. The "inner covers" are canvas and keep them from spilling over.

    A little spare room in the two frame nucs would help. With the 3/4" dividers two frames is a bit crowed when you try to get a queen cell in. Room for 2 1/2 frames wouldn't hurt.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Mike, it looks like you are using holes drilled into the super for entrances and ventillation. That is where I was running into trouble - I was thinking of a traditional bottom board with and entrance reducer that was notched for the respective number of mating sections.

    Good idea with the canvas top. I was also unsure how to confining there.

    Thanks for the info!

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    >Mike, it looks like you are using holes drilled into the super for entrances

    Yes.

    >and ventillation.

    No.

    > That is where I was running into trouble - I was thinking of a traditional bottom board with and entrance reducer that was notched for the respective number of mating sections.

    Mine are all mediums and I made them by cutting down deeps or by building them from scratch with one by eights, so the inside depth is 7 1/4" and it doesn't need a bottom board.

    >Good idea with the canvas top. I was also unsure how to confining there.

    It keeps them from spilling over on inspections.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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