Anyone have any experience with this new product?
I have picked up several to use and see how I like them...
Working to propagate my survivors and staying treatment free USDA Zone 7b
I got 1200 this spring. We got nucs in 550 of them. They are a bit top heavy and they are brittle. I hear that Charlie is reworking the plastic to make it more pliable and less brittle. Due to the top heavy nature, I havent used the intended bottle feeder fittings. I use a frame feeder.
I’ve been using the ProNuc for a couple of months now. I’m liking them. Even though they feel top heavy, they withstood 50 mph winds back in April with the feed cans on top. I was very surprised the feed cans didn’t blow off. I’m using these feed cans. https://feedcans.com/
All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.
Hopefully, the manufacturer has a plan to fix this issue.
Horseshoe Point Honey -- http://localvahoney.com/
That looks just like the one I got.
I got 10 and they have been useful, mainly temporary nucs, to transport frames with cells between yards, and as a quiet box during inspections.
8 years, 8 hives
I've handled a lot them this spring. (not thousands or hundreds, definitely dozens)They are a bit tippy-feeling when loading, but with a full complement of frames, they get more stable. My biggest beef is that the entrance door can sag close, the bees can still manage to get out through a somewhat diminished door, but still. The snap-on lid can mash bees, and I think the snapping contraption could be better if beefed up. It's too easy for the lid to twist enough so that it loses it's grip. Not while it's just sitting there, but in the moving and lifting that occurs when loading these boxes into cars and trucks. I like them better for bees than the Jester boxes. It makes me nuts that J-boxes collect so much condensation in the corrugations, even when stored under cover. it gushes out whenever the box is tipped up. These ne boxes don't do that. I like wood or styrofoam nuc boxes better, though. JMO.
I've killed several swarms I shook into them. Take care to notice how you put the top on - one direction allows for more ventilation and one direction does not. These can heat up very quickly if left in the sun and cook your bees. They have a dark body and somewhat transparent top... sort of like a solar wax melter. My experience is that they can get hot enough to kill bees even in mid 70's. BE CAREFUL IN THE HEAT WITH THESE.
side doors get very flimsy after a few day out. Sides are pretty flimsy, were going back to jesters.