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I have another question regarding nuc hives I'm assembling.

The lids I have on my nuc hives are migratory lids. (a plywood top on a 40mm rim). I was asked whether I wanted vents on the top when I ordered them.

On my other hives I do not have any vents on the top as believe they are detrimental for the bees. Should same apply on nucs hives? I am assuming yes but I better ask what you great people think about this.
 

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Nuc boxes are often used for transporting small colony’s so require ventilation. Usually they are just temporary homes. I have 1 off 25mm hole in the front and back of mine. If you are having them made I would go for 5 frame boxes also.
 

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Yes, 5-frames they are mate. They will be of course temporary homes and if the nucs take a while to sell I'll move them to 8-frame boxes. Wasn't sure the added vents will be helpful or not for the time they'll be in my yard waiting for a new owner.

Thanks again mate.
 

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I have humidity problems in my area so ventilation is a must for me. All hives, including nucs get ventilation (vent boards/boxes) in my yard, keeps the mold and winter losses way down.
 

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If they don't like them they will propolize them shut.
 

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A 1-1/2 knock out test cap is the perfect size to plug a ventilation hole that also happens to be the perfect size for a Gatorade/Powerade bottle lid when the bottle is used as a feeder. I put one on the floor and one high on the back wall of my nucs and screen those off with #8 hardware cloth. The nuc cover has one for a gatorade/powerade bottle that is unscreened, that cap is always in place when there is no bottle.
 

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4 cent ventilation, stack two pennies or a stick in the front corners of the cover.
 
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