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  1. #1
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    Thumbs Up Jester EZ Nuc Boxes

    I got a sample Nuc box from Jester Bee.

    Today I got my chance to put it through it's
    paces with a cut out.

    I can only compare them to the Mann Lake
    waxed cardboard Nucs.

    The EZ Nuc is well worth the extra $3.00 with out a
    doubt.

    Much better frame rests.

    Much better frame fit.

    Ventilation is superb.

    Nice space over top bars for pollen patties.

    Nice entrance that can be closed down (no
    plastic plug to buy and lose).

    Lid is hinged and that makes it really convenient.

    Heavy duty. This should stand up and out live
    5 cardboard nucs.

    Only complaint..... The slot above the entrance
    will let bees leak. It is designed to hold the entrance
    door up, but don't forget to tape it shut on transport.


    In short, at this point I won't use anything else.
    When my Mann Lake cardboard ones are gone,
    nothing but Jesters EZ Nuc.

    I will update this regarding wear and weathering.

    Jester EZ Nuc

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Jester EZ Nuc Boxes

    It's a small world.

    I just got my order of jester EZ nucs today too.

    I assembled and baited it, then put it up on the roof.

    I wonder if it will catch a swarm before my TBHs?

    I did notice that the frame rest extended beyond 19 inches.

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    Default Re: Jester EZ Nuc Boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by WLC View Post
    I did notice that the frame rest extended beyond 19 inches.

    Yes I thought they could have been a bit
    tighter. But compared to Mann Lake Cardboard.....
    Man those cardboard ones can bite... frames often
    drop off the "rest" and lay on the bottom.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Jester EZ Nuc Boxes

    I have bees in my EZ nucs and echo much of Sundance's comments.

    I carry a little roll of duct tape to close off the entrance slot that "leaks" bees when I close the entrance. Other than that one thing, this box is an incredible design and very handy.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

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    Default Re: Jester EZ Nuc Boxes

    You guys that have these in hand, does it seem like there is enough ventalation for a road trip? Also are they sturdy enough that you could stack for transport?

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    Default Re: Jester EZ Nuc Boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by brac View Post
    You guys that have these in hand, does it seem like there is enough ventalation for a road trip? Also are they sturdy enough that you could stack for transport?
    I have stacked the cardboard ones 4 high. I have
    no experience stacking these yet. But my gut feeling
    is that they will do better than the cardboard ones.

    The ventilation is at least 5 times better than the
    Mann Lake cardboard ones. Holes in the front, back,
    and all along the top sides.

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