Nice pics and set up Ben
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.
Did you overwinter them in the nuc boxes or are these new splits?
Are those the D. Coates nuc boxes?
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.
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!
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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Thanks! They are already sold to customers, who will pick them up in a week or so.
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.
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?
Hmmm...I don't know. Maybe someone else has an answer?
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.
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.
Good for you, westernbeekeeper!! Looks like you will have a bunch of happy customers!!
Thank you, I hope so!
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.