6 Frame Standard Langstroth Nucleus Hive
Nucleus Standard Body
2 x Entrance Reducers
Unlike virtually all other nucleus boxes available, this one is built like a proper hive with a separate floor, varroa mesh, a hive body and roof all interlocking for security and strength. Designed to take 6 frames, although if the frames are new it will actually take 7 but once the bees add a bit of propolis you will probably need to take a mallet to get the 7th frame to fit - so stay with 6, or 5 and a Langstroth frame feeder. The design features a hard plastic ledge for the frames to sit in which will ensure a long life and prevent damage when propolis is scraped off. Supplied as a flatpack with full instructions for easy assembly. Please note: our 1.8 kg entrance feeder does not fit these nuc boxes.
A very valuable design feature is the ability to split the hive into two 3 frame nucleus hives through the use of a central division board (purchased separately) and the two entrances, one at each end of the floor. In normal use one entrance is closed off with a plastic entrance reducer and the other reduced in height. The entrance reducers are an optional extra.
The pictures on the left show various aspects of the hive, in 6 frame and 3 + 3 configuration (less division board) and in two shots you can see a BS National frame mounted in our conversion kit.
There is a generous amount of space under the frames and we suggest this would be the ideal place for fondant if you are not using a frame feeder. Simply lift up the hive body or remove a frame and place a bit of fondant on the floor.
The alternative is to use small rapid feeders of the type shown in the third image. It is possible to put 2 on the roof of these nucs arranged so they feed both colonies when using a divider board. On the image you can see two circles have been drawn on the left which show how the two holes can be cut in the roof either side of the central divider. Obviously you would not put them side by side like this, but one would be drilled under the feeder at one end of the roof and the other under the second feeder at the other end. The picture only shows one feeder but two would be used.
The holes are best lined with a bit of PVC pipe. DIY stores will stock PVC pipe and about 22mm in diameter works fine. Secure the pipe with water proof PVA glue if it is a loose fit. To cut the hole it will be necessary to buy a hole saw of the correct size - again a DIY shop will have them. After use the hole can be temporarily sealed with a bit of sponge but for a longer term seal we have found a bit of wax comb pushed into the hole best. The bees will quickly complete the job and put extra wax around it to create a water proof plug which can be easily removed the following season.
As with our hives the roof is reversible so when fitted with a cut down propolis screen the nuc will be perfectly prepared for transport with no danger of the bees overheating because of ventilation through the varroa floor and propolis screen.
A set of instructions for the use and assembly of the nuc can be downloaded here.