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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

It's the Little Things.....

At Young Harris Beekeeping Institute this year, I heard two different people talk about making splits in the summer to disrupt the varroa mite life cycle and to take care of your bees. One of the problems for me with using nucs to make splits is that the nuc I own is a deep (as most nucs are) and I am trying to move to all medium boxes.

The vendor at Young Harris, Brushy Mountain, offers a medium nuc that comes with two boxes. I ordered two at the meeting. I have to confess that when they arrived, the nucs looked like doll houses for bees. I've left them unbuilt for a couple of months.

Yesterday I needed to harvest some honey for a panel that I am going to participate in at the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers' meeting tonight. As I thought about bringing in the honey and thought about how heavy a full super (medium) is, I remembered the bee doll houses.


I built two of the boxes right away. BTW, the medium nuc is a two box nuc, each a five frame 6 5/8" depth.



What a joy it was to carry the honey frames into the house in these small boxes - so much lighter. The boxes are designed for five frames and if I were doing it really correctly, I would have placed a space holder fifth frame in each of the boxes since I was harvesting an 8 frame super. However, it's only a few steps from my hives to my back door, so I brought the light, light (comparatively) boxes in one at a time.



Although I plan to use the medium nucs I bought to make splits, I will also be using them for honey harvest carrying going forward!
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  1. Annette from Placerville Ca.6:24 PM

    I also have a nuc from Brushy Mt and put it together. But I have also ended up using them for moving frames around from here to there. I am storing some wax combs in these supers and they fit so nicely into a plastic tub I purchased from Target Stores.

    You just can't beat how nice and light these supers are. I actually ended up ordering 2 more of these.

    Annette

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