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Offline DCHoneybees

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My homemade bread and butter nuc
« on: February 20, 2012, 06:43:59 PM »
A little more expensive than some other plans, but sturdy and holds a frame feeder plus five frames.  A great nuc for overwintering colonies, too (I hope!).

http://dchoneybees.blogspot.com/2012/02/building-nucs-ahead-of-bee-deliveries.html

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Re: My homemade bread and butter nuc
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 08:22:36 PM »
I like it DC!

I suspect this will outlast a plywood design by a factor of 2 or more.  I can see instances where the plywood designs would be good (low cost swarm traps), but for a nuc I prefer something more weather resistant like your design.

I like the idea of more space in a nuc so you can stick in a feeder.  Are those frame feeders with bee ladders working well for you?  Do you like them better than other options like quart jars or the plastic nuc top feeders?

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Re: My homemade bread and butter nuc
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 11:41:49 PM »
I've found that with these frame feeders I get better syrup take up.  My inverted 2-quart jars do similarly well but like the higher capacity of the frame feeders.  the hive tops feeders I've used have been unpredictable as it relates to cold weather take-up.  So, there you go!

 

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