Re: Running 5-frame medium nucs year-round instead of 8 or 10 frame
Im with Rod, go foundationless and enjoy the cost savings!!!
As for using the nucs instead of regular equipment.........I probably wouldnt based on the fact that you would really need to be on top of things or you will have constant swarming!! It doesnt take the bees long to build out 5 frames and an even shorter time to decide to swarm!! Just seems like a lot of work.
As for height: two five frame deep nucs is 20" tall (equal to one ten frame deep), another 20" equals 40" tall (equal to two ten frame deeps, space wise what most run for the bees), now add another 13" worth of five frame mediums for your honey super, and possibly another 13" when that one fills. You have a grand total of around a 66" tall beehive!! Almost 6' tall!! Even taller if you go all deeps!
Sounds easy enough.........now imagine having to manipulate all those boxes to get to the brood nest to make sure everything is going good! How about treating if your so inclined to do so!!
The cheapest nuc you can buy is around $8.50 a piece. So your looking at around $68 for the set up described above. The same set-up in a regular 10 frame is around $40. In an eight frame set-up its around $51 to have the same amount of frames as a 10 frame set-up.
Oh ya, this is just the boxes...........no frames and no foundation!!
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