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    Default 8 frame Medium Nucs?

    Does anyone use 8 frame medium boxes as nucs? If so, do you actually use all 8 frames? I've heard they're the same volume as 5 frame deeps, and I run all mediums so it seemed like a good way to go.

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    Default Re: 8 frame Medium Nucs?

    Michael Bush does; see http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnucs.htm I've been doing it this year as well, and it seems to be working out well. We'll see how they make it through the winter.

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    Default Re: 8 frame Medium Nucs?

    >Does anyone use 8 frame medium boxes as nucs?

    Yes.

    > If so, do you actually use all 8 frames?

    That depends on the purpose, but for overwintering, yes.

    > I've heard they're the same volume as 5 frame deeps

    Yes, they are.

    > and I run all mediums so it seemed like a good way to go.

    It is.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: 8 frame Medium Nucs?

    Quote Originally Posted by dkofoed View Post
    Does anyone use 8 frame medium boxes as nucs? If so, do you actually use all 8 frames? I've heard they're the same volume as 5 frame deeps, and I run all mediums so it seemed like a good way to go.
    We do use eight frames as nucs. When creating the nuc, we rarely fill all eight frames. Usually six or seven, sometimes as low as four. Depending on available resources and the goal.

    Shane

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