Fun is good! And those minis are super cute too. I tried some and they worked- I raised the half size frames in a nuc with a bar in the middle for the minis to rest on - that way I could just plop it on top of another nuc. Later realized I could have gotten brood on frames if I had excluded the queen in the mini frame part. But after trying the minis part of one season I found that if you are raising queens for a short time on a backyard scale, and not a regimented schedule there is more flexibility using 2 or 3 full size frame mating nucs. We are partial to the 3 frame ones. You can leave the queens in the mating nucs longer and it is easier to move them in to a nuc or colony and back again as you need them. Another factor is summer heat- which we have in Virginia- although I have heard in HI they mating nucs are spam can size.I want to here your guys thoughts I have been using standard frames with hive body split into 4 compartments aka queen castle, but the mini nucs look like fun but more equipment but a lot less bees to start.. What are you guys using and why?
Joe, I assume your frames are deeps. If so couldn't you use a partitioned 5-fr nuc with entrances on opposite ends, and essentially have a duplex mating hive,?I use 2 frame deep castles. I like them because after they build up a little, if I do not need the queen, I just slap them in a five frame nuc and then I have a new hive.
sure...that would work just fine, I actually use and eight frame deep split into thirds (two frames each) and a 10 frame deep split into 4 sectionsJoe, I assume your frames are deeps. If so couldn't you use a partitioned 5-fr nuc with entrances on opposite ends, and essentially have a duplex mating hive,?
Sure you can. I would recommend 5 frame nucs in your case, only wanting to raise a few queens. The mini nucs and small two frame nucs are for people who need to raise the most queens they can with the least amount of resources.If you are just starting and want to try to raise a few queens just for the trying can you not just put a frame of honey, a couple of frames of brood, a frame with a Queen cell and and empty frame for growth in a nuc box?