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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: mini nuc to reg. nuc transfer?
« Last post by iddee on March 28, 2015, 10:48:34 PM »
rookie, here's a thread you may want to review. There's a few ideas in itfor what you are asking.

MEMBER'S WEBPAGES, BLOGS & FORUMS / Re: Here's my website
« Last post by iddee on March 28, 2015, 10:41:43 PM »
Nice site, Capt. If they were 10 frame, I might take you up on the trap kits. I hate making the cones.
« Last post by Maggiesdad on March 28, 2015, 09:50:26 PM »
Welcome to Beemaster!  :grin:
DISEASE & PEST CONTROL / Re: Weird looking brood - sick?
« Last post by kathyp on March 28, 2015, 09:33:50 PM »
Bees.  Voice to text. 😄
DISEASE & PEST CONTROL / Re: Weird looking brood - sick?
« Last post by kathyp on March 28, 2015, 09:32:55 PM »
Poor nutrition is also a possibility. The biz will pull out the damaged or malnourished larvae at the stage and discard them.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: mini nuc to reg. nuc transfer?
« Last post by rookie2531 on March 28, 2015, 09:10:46 PM »
O.K. Jim, I am thinking of making around 50, with some for sale and extra for myself if they dont make it back from mating.

SC, I was on the thought of maybe being able to make more colonies with less bees so they can keep the brood warm in a smaller space. then transfering them into a 2 or 3 frame regular sized nuc, then a five framer and so on.

thanks for the info. I am thinking about trying a slide in frame. Something like the mini vhs tapes that went into the old recorders and then you would pop them in a regular vhs dummy holder so you could play it in the vcr. That way she will still have her pheromones and brood in the bigger nuc and have better acceptance. That is my thought process anyway.

LJ, thats is a nice idea, if i understand you correctly. Like making mini frame box that will sit on a regular frame box and just let the queen move to those bigger frames and start laying there? I already made some mating nucs out of 10 frame boxes with the dividers. Maybe another couple projects on nthe horizon.

Thanks again to all for your input..
THE TRADING POST / Re: Looking for one to two Pounds of Bees Wax
« Last post by Ret Sgt Robert Yates on March 28, 2015, 09:05:31 PM »
I am Now working with a fellow beekeeper and hope to have secured enough Bees wax to continue the Troops Projects . I hope to be able post some of my work as it will not be for sale. As it is promised to each solider / Parents of the Solider already.

 Ret, Sgt. Yates
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: mini nuc to reg. nuc transfer?
« Last post by little john on March 28, 2015, 08:54:40 PM »
Relieved to hear that someone else didn't quite understand the question being asked. :smile:

Mini-nucs are usually used to get virgin queens mated, and nucs are used to initially 'grow' a small colony - i.e. these boxes are used for quite different purposes, and in my experience it's not usual practice to transfer one over to the other as they have different sized frames.

There is one notable exception to this, and that is the system used by Mike Palmer. Mike has developed a system using half-sized nuc boxes having two configurations. One configuration has normal-sized frames running lengthwise, with the other configuration having frames running transversely - i.e. across the box. In the latter case, the frames are of course much smaller, around half the length of a normal frame. Because the two configurations live in boxes having identical footprints, they can be very easily placed one above the other ... so, for example, a box of bare mating-nuc frames could be easily drawn-out by placing them above an occupied nuc box, and at the end of the season any remaining brood and stores in those mating-nuc frames could be absorbed into a nuc by placing that box underneath it. (Mike doesn't actually do this - but it's what I'll be doing myself later-on this year) A very clever set-up.

Indeed, it's possible to convert the mating-nuc version of the half-sized nuc box into two separate mating nucs by simply inserting a suitable division board. Mike has developed a double-sided feeder which acts as a division board, which can also be moved to one end of the box in order to provide double the space as the nuc begins to grow. All-in-all a very flexible system. If you're planning on making your own kit anyway, then this is a system well-worth considering. There are a couple of YouTube videos showing Mike's system in action, if you Google "Michael Palmer Sustainable Apiary".

DISEASE & PEST CONTROL / Re: Formic Acid - Hot Temperatures?
« Last post by rwlaw on March 28, 2015, 08:39:03 PM »
Ya, anything over 90 your supposed to pull the pads off. I had it on a hive @ 85 and it was driving the bees out. Luckily I was there and pulled the pads.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: mini nuc to reg. nuc transfer?
« Last post by sc-bee on March 28, 2015, 08:34:14 PM »
Are you saying "mini nucs" meaning the frames are something other than standard size, or what?  Your question has been opened and read by a lot of people and nobody has answered because maybe nobody understands what you are asking.

Usually a nuc is just a box with fewer frames -- 2, 4, 5 or something -- instead of 8 or 10 frames.  You'd normally use the size frame compatible with the size hive you'll eventually move the bees into.   At least, that's my understanding.  You could use frames that belong in a deep box, for example.

Clarify your question and you'll be more likely to get a bunch of answers.  Some might even agree with the others :shocked:

Yes he is talking a mini-nuc with mini nuc size frames. I don't know the dimension but they are very small frames about half the size or smaller than a medium. And I have no idea about transfer and I think most folks that sideline use standard equipment. And the nucs are usually to breed the queen remove her, cage her, sale her, or place her. Not to make a transition to other size equipment.
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