Re: Double Nucs like on Mike Palmer's presentation
I'm just a small hobby BKer with 5 colonies. I've got a little experiment going this winter. I maintained two 5-frame nucs all summer/autumn and recently put them both into one 10-frame deep box, with a thin plastic divider that I bought cheap from Brushy Mtn suppliers. It's not ideal, but it expands in all four directions so that it keeps bees from one set of 5 frames from crossing over to the other nuc in the same deep. I had two separate front entrances. The box shares a single set of foamboard-insulated covers and a single plain bottom board. I then wrapped around the sides with tarpaper. They are in a spot protected from wind.
Neither nuc was particularly heavy with brood or stores, but each had at least 2 full frames of honey and a laying queen along with about 3 frames of bees.
I have no idea if either nuc will make it through, but will be thrilled if either survives. Next year, I might try two story nucs (5 over 5 nucs of 10 frames each), and maybe wrap two of those side by side with one tarpaper going around both.
The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson