I run 3 frame mating nuc's. The extra bees and space gives the new queen a real area to get started in. Not to mention if i'm planning on turning into a standard 5 frame NUC, all I have to do is put them into it and give a couple extra frames at that time. So far mine turn out pretty good.Which is more preferred? I am making one or the other by dividing 10 frame boxes, so I would like some input from you experienced guys. Thanks.
Thanks for the response because I would likely not have added any depth to the sides. I had not thought about it, but you're correct. I'm not going to use a normal bottom board. I will use plywood and attach the bottom directly to the sides. I guess I will go with 3 frame nucs. I will drill a hole in 3 sides of the box to give entrances to the 3 chambers. The boxes will be dedicated mating nucs so I won't be putting them to use in a hive at a later date.Btw- one mistake I nearly made that would be an easy oops when using boxes like you are planning and as I did. Since you are not likely using a regular bottom board, you will probably be using some type of sheet good. You need to make sure to add a bee space shim to the bottom of your box before mounting it to the bottom base. I did this on top too to give them better access to feed but it's probably not as critical. The dark line around the lower perimeter is what I'm talking about, I also used it for my closeable entrances.
A friend of mine - Mike Haney at Ridgetop Apiaries Who apparently works like a dog between his day job and producing several hundred VSH queens a year - uses 5 frame medium mating nucs because they take less management, and they can be overwintered in our area. So that is kind of in the eye of the beholder.If your objective to make queens to sell, then you probably want to use fewer resources, but if you're making queens to increase