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    Default Is there a strong demand for medium nucs?

    I have had a few people ask me if I have any medium nucs, but I have always just used regular deep nucs since that is what I run my colonies in. However, if there is truly a big demand I could definitely start making some up. What are your thoughts? What do medium nucs sell for?

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    Default Re: Is there a strong demand for medium nucs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rather-b-beekeeping View Post
    I have had a few people ask me if I have any medium nucs, but I have always just used regular deep nucs since that is what I run my colonies in. However, if there is truly a big demand I could definitely start making some up.
    Yes there is... . For some reason, several of the Northern Virginia clubs are promoting mediums, including the club that meets down in Culpepper. Others run all deep. Some are hybrid, but I can think of at least 2 or 3 clubs that tell their members to get mediums.
    I have little experience with them, but will make some up this year. I have a few overwintered as 1 D and 1 medium now. As far as I can see, they sell for the same price, unless some folks sell them as 2 story medium nucs- then they are more.
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    Default Re: Is there a strong demand for medium nucs?

    I have seen them for the same or nearly the same price. I'm in the process of switching to mediums, but I think I'll keep some of both to sell nucs of both.
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    Default Re: Is there a strong demand for medium nucs?

    I see, that is interesting. Sounds like there is a demand. I guess I will have to start making some mediums up too. Are you going to do five frame mediums or the eight frame mediums?

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    Default Re: Is there a strong demand for medium nucs?

    Five frame
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    Default Re: Is there a strong demand for medium nucs?

    There is growing interest here in the Bay Area for medium nucs as well. I see a number of reasons like more and more seniors getting involved in beekeeping and people with back injuries who can't lift as much. There are some local bee club speakers in California who are encouraging 8 frame mediums saying it's a more natural space that best mimics a tree. Michael Bush also uses mediums and I think people trust his judgement.

    I use all mediums and do splits into 6 frame medium boxes that I made. I may sell 6 frame medium nucs this spring.
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    Default Re: Is there a strong demand for medium nucs?

    Charlie,

    I have been noticing that mediums seem to be promoted at clubs, and like you said, there does seem to be a lot of retired folks in beekeeping. How do you like working with mediums? I've just figured with deeps you have a lot less equipment to put together, but I do like the idea of having fully interchangeable equipment. Now I need to get busy putting the 30 mediums supers I just got together! I need to figure out what type of medium nuc I want to use. The six framers sound interesting!

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    Default Re: Is there a strong demand for medium nucs?

    It takes the same amount of labor to raise medium nucs as it does to raise deeps. Unless you want to give yourself a pay cut, I'd at least charge the same as you do for a a deep nuc.

    If you are in area where mediums are in demand and sell out consistently, I'd likely specialize on meds., raise the price to reflect demand, and sell my deeps (if I raised any for sale) for the same premium price as the mediums.

    If the deeps don't sell at that price, I'd raise the mediums exclusively.

    If the other nucs available in your area are not raised in your region, that too is worth a premium. Your bees do well in your area, and whether real or perceived, many believe that they will produce and survive better if they are local.

    I wouldn't get greedy, but I would keep adjusting price until there was a balance between selling as fast as I want them to, and still having a few prospects thinking the price is too high.

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