I am trying to get plans for four-way mating nucs that use removable partitions that allow for combining four mating nucs into two that use mini frames (half size shallow frames)... hope that makes sense. Thank you for your help.
It shows how to divide a standard hive body into four sections. I'm assuming these would be two frame sections. I like the idea of being able to have either: 1) One ten frame hive, 2) Two five frame hives, or 3) Four two frame mating nucs. The fact that they are interchangeable means that you can use them as mating nucs in the spring, and then overwinter two nucs in the fall/winter.
But I was wondering if you guys think it would be better, for the mating nuc portion, to have it divide into four sections, or to have it divide into three sections? Do the queens mate better if they are given two frames and bees, or if they have three frames and bees? Just curious.
I've already built the top, bottom, and hive bodies for these (mediums) and I'm just waiting to put in the grooves for the dividers so I know what is the best placement. Thanks guys.