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  1. #1
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    Default nuc box dimensions

    Perhaps this a newbee dummy question but here goes anyway.

    I'm starting a THB and would like to build a nuc or two. I only find Langstroth dimensioned nucs online
    and was wondering why I couldn't build my nucs with dimensions that would accept my top bars ??


    Alan

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    Default Re: nuc box dimensions

    No reason at all to not build nucs to accept top bars. If you are building TBH nucs, you could even make the box longer, put a divider in the middle and entrances at each end to form two nucs in one box. If you make the divider removable, you could also use the box as a swarm trap after plugging one entrance.
    Graham
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    Default Re: nuc box dimensions

    A nucleus hive is only a small version of the full sized one -- if you use 19" top bars, just make the box like a section of the regular hive.

    Only caveat is that the sides must have the same slope as your big hive, else the comb may not fit easily in both.

    Peter

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    Default Re: nuc box dimensions

    Good point, Peter...

    ... and thanks Graham for reassuring my thinking on this.

    Alan

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    Default Re: nuc box dimensions

    Just make it from the same plans with shorter sides.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: nuc box dimensions

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    Just make it from the same plans with shorter sides.
    Thanks Michael...that is what I thought. I wonder why, with the "new" popularity of top bar hives, no bee equipment supplier has offered one for sale.

    Alan

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