You can always put a small swarm into a big box.I'm curious as to what size top bar nuc hive folks would recommend either to temporarily house splits, swarms, etc.?
I have only read one source which suggest a hive approximately half of what your top bar is which is 45" in my case. That would seem much larger than the traditional 8 frame Langstroth nuc box, so I am curious as I would like to build a few this winter.
Thanks for any thoughts.
You can never put a large swarm into a small box.
A 40 liter box is a good general size (you can always compress a small colony using follower boards and have a room to grow).
This is also big enough to dump a good sized swarm into.
This is also big enough to use as a trap.
This also should be small enough for ad-hoc mobile usage (vs. the full sized hive).
Do the dimensional math as per your equipment format.