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    Default Nuc covers

    Hi.
    I've seen around the net several pictures of people that have double and even 4 nuc's to a single box. they all have some type of 'cloth' accross them that allow's them to remove the cover, and inspect a single nuc at a time w/o exposing the other 'nuc' in the same box. What type of material are they using? Is is some type of burlap or plastic burlap cover - just cut to the dimensions they need?

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    Default Re: Nuc covers

    yes, that is what it is. Just make sure it will breathe out the water vapor that is a by product of the brood nest.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Mine are canvas. I would have bought white but they were out that day, so I ended up with blue...
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    Woven bags that commercial grass seed applicators use. Find a local hydro seeding company and you will get a lifetime supply.
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    I've been using older tarps because they don't lose threads on the edges like the feed bags around here.

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    Default Re: Nuc covers

    A follow up question if I might -

    I've built some nuc's using the tradition 'bottom board' format. Is this the 'usual' or are many people using IPM (screened only) bottom boards? I think it could only help with ventilalazion and potentially mites/beetles/ etc. Just curious how many use 'only' screened and what issues might be there if you dont use a 'solid' bottom board on/for nucs?

    thanks -

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    Default Re: Nuc covers

    Quote Originally Posted by Keth Comollo View Post
    Woven bags that commercial grass seed applicators use. ..
    I use some of these, but I'm not crazy about the shreds of plastic that eventually come off from them...

    Adam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Foster Collins View Post
    I use some of these, but I'm not crazy about the shreds of plastic that eventually come off from them...

    Adam
    The silver and black plastic tarps that we use for construction don't shred like the feed bags. When they get old and torn up, I cut up the good parts for covers. I had to stop using the feed bags because the threads were a mess. Not sure if the lighter blue tarps would work or not.

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