I have only seen nucs on deeps, but Im sure sombody sells mediums, I am trying to transition to all mediums, so, I will be making some for myself on mediums this spring. I think I will be a while before I can completely do away with the deeps. But, gotta start somewhere. G
Yeah, I'm just starting next spring and I began by thinking I'd do 10 frame deeps for "big production". Now, after a month of vigorous research, I am thinking 8 frame mediums for I am 50 with a crappy back and time marches on
Brushy Mountain produces medium nuc boxes and related equipment, so somebody must be producing medium nucs. However, such producers seem to be far and few between. The one guy I could find here who sells medium nucs needed more lead time and charged a bit more for them. I see a big gap, especially as more people start with medium equipment, that isn't being filled. I'm thinking that making and selling medium nucs is the way to make the bees pay for this little hobby...
I switched over to all medium 8 frame hives, and had a local beekeeper sell me three nucs that were single 8 frame medium boxes. I didn't even have to move the frames over to a different box. Like a previous poster, I too am 50 years old with a bad back and this year I have appreciated the lighter mediums.
I use 3 frames and a feeder in a 5 frame medium as a mating nuc. It's larger than ideal as a mating nuc, but you can get frames drawn in any hive. No small percentage of these mating cells graduate to 5 frame medium nucs, and then to 2 x stacked nucs with 8 frames + feeder or 10 frames. The graduates then move up to single medium standard hives.
This captures an enormous market value (as the material cost of a hive is easily earned back compared to a nuc). Since frames are interchangeable with production hives, drawing foundationless gets delegated to the hives with lots of wax builders.
The foundationless medium nucs and starter hives are on an overflowing waiting list of new wet-behind-the-ears beeks. Like selling sheep to slaughter.
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