My back is toast. Even 8-frame equipment is tough for me. Last year we started a Nuc hive, adding deep and medium Nuc boxes on as needed. That hive made it through the winter and this year we added two more Nuc Hives and kept one 10-frame hive. You do need to keep an eye on these 5-frame hives in the spring, they build up fast and you need to add boxes to keep them from swarming. But they are light and easy to move, even full of honey.
The attached photo shows 2 of our Nuc Hives (the middle set is empty) with a weatherproofed migratory top that has a hole in the middle to use with jar feeders. We have a deep over that with a lid. Inside are ½ gallon glass feeders with Nozevit in a 2/1 thick syrup. I’m getting ready to give the girls their second fall dose (two doses 10 days apart). I also have pollen patties in the top hive body that has the spacer rims.
Country Rubes carries a complete line of weatherproofed Nuc Equipment including Nuc Combo Screened Bottom Boards, solid bottom boards, medium & deeps, robbing screens, spacers, mounted Beetle Baffles, oil trays (use Diatomaceous Earth, so much cleaner) and entrance reducers.
Sorry about the turned picture. Can not figure out to rotate it.