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    Default Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    I have 35-40 nucs that are busting full and doing great so far this spring. I'm pretty tickled; hope everything still goes good. Here are a few pics.

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Nice pics and set up Ben

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    So how do you keep them from Swarming when they get that full? One of mine swarmed today. I got it back in another nuc box but can't understand how they did it. They left a few bees lots of stores and two sealed queen cells in the nuc box they left behind.

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Goat Man View Post
    So how do you keep them from Swarming when they get that full?
    To keep them from swarming, I typically just limit their feed; there isn't a lot to forage on right now, so I keep them from starving but keep them from overfilling. Periodically, I may also remove a frame of brood and replace it with an empty frame.

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Nice pictures.
    Did you overwinter them in the nuc boxes or are these new splits?

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    New splits

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Are those the D. Coates nuc boxes?

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Jim,
    Yes, those are the D Coates nucs. I modified the entrance to be a full width 3/4" entrance and the inside width is 8" instead of the original 7 1/2". I really like this design; it costs me about $5.25 per nuc box.

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    westernbeekeper...Great pics! Those nucs look great! What are your plans for them? 10 framers? Looks like they are ready! Thanks for posting...curious to know your ultimate plan. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    For the nuc boxes I recognize the frame feeder, 3 wooden frames but what is the "frame" that looks like it is off white? There is one of those in each open box. Thanks for helping me learn
    Do the nuc boxes just cost that or is that the cost of materials for you to build them?
    With good fortune and minimal idiocy on my behalf I am hoping to be able do splits next year

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Bees In Miami:
    Thanks! They are already sold to customers, who will pick them up in a week or so.

    WBVC:
    That white frame is an all plastic frame made by Pierco. The light green frame is one of the same, except made by Dadant. Some of my nucs have all wooden frames, some a mixture of wood and plastic, and some all plastic.

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Thanks...glad your nucs found homes. Seems most on this forum are located in the USA. Is there an issue getting bees across the border into Canada?

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Hmmm...I don't know. Maybe someone else has an answer?

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    It all looks great. So, recent splits... Queenless splits? Queenright splits? Your queens? bought queens? How did you get them to this point? Enquiring minds want to know. I want to sell 30-40 nucs too! Don't worry, I'm far far away, and I won't tell anyone.

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Most of them are queenright splits, the rest (and few) are packages installed on drawn comb, and they will be packed full of brood and stores in 2 or so queenright packages weeks. I just heavily feed them (both the splits and the packages), both pollen sub and syrup. They build up thick and fast, and then pretty much explode when put into ten-frame equipment.

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Good for you, westernbeekeeper!! Looks like you will have a bunch of happy customers!!

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Thank you, I hope so!

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Nice!

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    Most of them are queenright splits, the rest (and few) are packages installed on drawn comb, and they will be packed full of brood and stores in 2 or so queenright packages weeks. I just heavily feed them (both the splits and the packages), both pollen sub and syrup. They build up thick and fast, and then pretty much explode when put into ten-frame equipment.
    When did you do make up the splits?

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    Default Re: Nuc are doing good so far this year! ~ Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    Jim,
    Yes, those are the D Coates nucs. I modified the entrance to be a full width 3/4" entrance and the inside width is 8" instead of the original 7 1/2". I really like this design; it costs me about $5.25 per nuc box.
    I'm curious too... Does that cost reflect all materials for top & bottom too?? Is it 3/4" exterior ply? How do they hold up for you?
    The pics are great by the way! I'm just a beginner in all of this, but hope to sell a few nucs every year to offset my expenses.
    Hope all continues to go well for you.

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