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  1. #1
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    Default Question about Nucs

    Really this is about the equipment part. I was wondering if you could use a full deep as a nuc... I can see that there may be issues with too much space and SHB etc... Is there any way to use a full deep as a nuc and avoid those issues?

  2. #2
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    Cass County, Texas USA
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    Default Re: Question about Nucs

    How about using a division board. Then you've got 2 nucs.

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    Default Re: Question about Nucs

    you will have to put some kind of division board in it. If you do not you will have natural comb built where ever they choose to put it.

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    Default Re: Question about Nucs

    Would a division board feeder be tight enough to keep the hives apart?

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    Default Re: Question about Nucs

    Quote Originally Posted by ElderBombadil View Post
    Would a division board feeder be tight enough to keep the hives apart?
    No. What you are talking about is done commonly up this way. The divider needs to reach from the bottom board to the top of the hive. Inner covers, commonly made of homasote, allow you to work on each nuc and have the other one enclosed. Typicaly a strip of wood is place on the bottom board and the board dividing the hive in two goes on top. Sometimes the bottom board modifications are taken a step further and entrances for each nuc are on opposite sides of the hive. I think I've got one of these boxes and bottom boards out in the shed - I'll see if i can post a picture this afternoon.
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

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    Default Re: Question about Nucs

    Quote Originally Posted by ElderBombadil View Post
    Would a division board feeder be tight enough to keep the hives apart?
    Yes, if it is a true division board feeder reaching all the way to the bottom (or to a cleat on the bottom that fits flush to the feeder bottom) and not just a "frame feeder" that hangs next to the frames.

    Andrew's right that it needs to go all the way to the bottom to keep the bees where you want them.

    Homemade division board feeders are a pretty common way to separate 2 nucs that are in the same 10 frame box.
    A division - or follower- board is as well.

    It will work just as well if only one nuc occupies the hive body.

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