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  1. #1
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    Default nuc bottom boards

    Having an excess of time and lumber, I've been building my own ware. I had enough extra lumber to build a couple of nuc boxes. In all of my searching all of the entrances are cut,drilled into the end board. I'm so new I don't even know the right questions to ask, but, Couldn't I just build a smaller version of a standard bottom board leaving me more options for those nuc boxes in the future. Or does it have something to do with a different approach to raising a nuc compared to a full hive?

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    Default Re: nuc bottom boards

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/show...64#post1225864

    This should give you an idea. I use "migratory" tops as bottoms and tops.

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    Default Re: nuc bottom boards

    The smaller drilled entrance holes are to prevent robbing of weaker Nuc populations compared to full blown hives in same yards.
    See picture below with screen bottom boards placed on boxes built 3/4 inch taller than normal.
    The tops are standard reversible top bottom combination used either top or bottom if Nuc strong or warmer weather locations.
    You can use your scrap to make normal type bottoms just have entrance reducers ready or built in

    NUCS Nuc Box Size Comparison, 1 Inch entrance holes screen bottom boards. Medium Deep Beehive N.jpg
    John Pluta http://GeorgiaBees.blogspot.com Common Sense KISS Beekeeping Treated Boxes Bees Full Frames Foundation

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    Default Re: nuc bottom boards

    I just staple screen (1/8" mesh) to the bottom of mine to make them easier to build and reduce costs. They are also easier to move around with less parts to worry about. I suppose if you wanted a solid bottom board that would be just as easy. I have some photos on my website if you would like to have a look. The link is below, and look under 'hive kits' for mating nuc/swarm trap.
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    http://georgefamilycrafts.com/

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    Default Re: nuc bottom boards

    thanks guys. a picture is worth a thousand.... Sometimes I over think things.

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    Default Re: nuc bottom boards

    DC Honeybees has a you tube, search for Bread and Butter Nuc video.

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    Default Re: nuc bottom boards

    Also with the drilled hole a standard cutoff 20 oz drink bottle top is perfect to close the entrance off if you need to transport the hive anywhere. Plug the hole tie your strap around the box and "bee" on your way. The screen bottom is plenty of ventalation as you move em to their new location
    just one of the quick tricks of the trade ive learned down on the beeyard of John Pluta milledgeville Georgia georgiabee.blogspot.com. now I gather all the tossed in the trash drink bottles from work everyday cause I know they will serve as bee feeder bottles or serve as a plug to close the nucs off. Gonna need em one day so get em out of the trash and stock pile em for later use
    Last edited by Beardedbee1; 02-25-2015 at 05:52 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Default Re: nuc bottom boards

    you would find it handy if you build a separate bottom board. to have it built in limits the nuc. I built 75 and now I want the option of adding a second super and I have to build more nuc boxes. make them flexible.

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    Default Re: nuc bottom boards

    Quote Originally Posted by beeware10 View Post
    you would find it handy if you build a separate bottom board. to have it built in limits the nuc. I built 75 and now I want the option of adding a second super and I have to build more nuc boxes. make them flexible.
    Thanks, I don't yet know all the uses of a nuc box ,but ,was pretty sure the configurations could be different. So versatility was my goal.

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