Have any of you tried using nucs as supers?
Does it work well enough?
If you've tried it, what problem/benifits did you observe?
I've seen a few pictures of this setup floating around the web, but never seriously considered it until my wife started helping manage the bees. She is tough, but expecting her to lift a 90 lb deep off a 3 story colony is stupid (or so I've been told ).
In an attempt to keep all one frame size and only two different box sizes (deeps and deep nucs), and because I don't want to sucume to my friend iwombat's persistant suggestion to switch to 8 frame mediums, I'm considering doing a trial with nucs as supers this year. The options I've contemplated are:
1) 4 Frame Nucs - which, side by side, would almost exactly the width of a deep.
2) Skinny Walled 5 Frame Nucs - with four 3/8 inch plywood walls you get a width exactly the same as a deep (I've built and am using nucs of this nature for increase and this setup will be part of the trial).
3) Standard 5 Frame Nucs - side-by-side width about 1.5 inches greater than a deep, which is less than ideal as the outer walls would not overlap at all and some additional piece of hardware might be needed.
I've done a fair number of cutouts (15+) and I've observed booming colonies with all sorts of twists, turns, and divisions, so my expectation is that the solid wall that would be created in the middle of the bees long term storage location would not be too problematic.
What may be a problem is that now there is pathway for water/wind to get into the brood nest through the split between the two nucs . Some sort of shim to keep rain from blowing in might work.
Any of your have experience with this setup?
Thanks in advance,