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  1. #1
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    Default nuc inner covers

    When building double nuc boxes, that being two separate nucs in one standard hive body, you have the problem of keeping the bees and queens apart from each other at the top, especially when working the hives, so what works best for doing that, building two separate wood inner covers, or are there other ways to do it, how do you handle this? John

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    Default Re: nuc inner covers

    I use 1/8" tempered masonite cut to fit.

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    Default Re: nuc inner covers

    A piece of burlap or like material, stapled down the middle divider works really too.

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    Default Re: nuc inner covers

    Or you can also elevate and extend the divider 3/4" above the hive body and then use a 2 individual wood covers that will flush out with the divider.
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    Default Re: nuc inner covers

    Here's a double medium nuc I built with feeder holes. The divider is a 1/8" luan and 3/8" ply double inner cover. It has a double screen bottom board so I can set it on top of a strong hive for heat.

    Double inner cover1.jpgDouble inner cover2.jpgDouble inner cover3.jpg
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    Default Re: nuc inner covers

    I used canvas stapled to the dividers. I might make inner covers from luan next time...

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenre...htm#matingnucs
    http://www.bushfarms.com/images/TwoByFourNuc2.jpg

    I would have bought white canvas but they were sold out that day...
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    Default Re: nuc inner covers

    Thanks, all good ideas to think about. I kind of like Riskybizz idea of going higher than the top of the box with the divider board, unless you want to stack another divided box on top, then it would be a problem. John

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    Default Re: nuc inner covers

    I use two inner covers cut from advantech, with a screened feed hole in each one.

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    Default Re: nuc inner covers

    Quote Originally Posted by Riskybizz View Post
    Or you can also elevate and extend the divider 3/4" above the hive body and then use a 2 individual wood covers that will flush out with the divider.
    This is what I have done and it works well.

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    Default Re: nuc inner covers

    For 2 nucs in one box I use a seed bag,staples not needed.

    Sometimes,when they expand,I'll put on 4 frame half boxes with separate covers so I can inspect one colony without disturbing the other.
    Other times I'll pull one colony and let them go sideways.
    Can't tell which way works best.

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