http://bee-pros.com/proNuc.phpThey are super new, just shared with the public (patent rules) 2 weeks ago, Dadant, Bluesky and Mann Lake will handle them as well as Betterbee. They will be in the new catalog in Jan and set up in the computer by then. You guy are on top of the game!
As for sweating, that not an issue, and these have a lot more ventalation, as well as guides to keep frames from banging around and hurting queens. Yes it will Be Jan before any ship out to customers, but I will have them at the ABF conference and the AHPA.
Brittle from sun exposure or cold or the property of the new plastic?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.
Seems that several people are reporting this same issue. That's really too bad. I suspect that most beekeepers were expecting a MUCH more robust product. If they can't handle their first trip in a shipping box, then what are the chances they will survive a beekeeping environment.until the manufacturer makes them of a more flexible plastic
So when the sun hits the black plastic the liquid inside expands and runs into the hive??? That will cause issues.My local bee supplier uses these jugs on his pro nuc boxes.
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.