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Offline erbs honey

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Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« on: April 06, 2017, 01:46:58 AM »
What's wrong with doing this?  It would mean less work and disturbing them less.  Or even 10 frames?  I want to get rid of several of my deep supers and I could sell nucs in them, couldn't I?
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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2017, 03:34:05 AM »
Take your 8 frame box, get some 3" polystyrene and cut 2 pieces the size of the internal dimensions of your box, these fit on either side and replace 2 frames. You then have space in the center of your box for 4 frames.
When the nuc grows take out one piece of polystyrene and add 2 frames, when it grows some more take out the other piece and add 2 more frames.
Or sell the 4 frame nuc in the 8 frame box.
Ps polystyrene insulates the box as well as taking up space and is light weight.

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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2017, 06:22:48 AM »
Sure you can but the bees grow faster in less space...
« Last Edit: April 06, 2017, 08:20:30 PM by sc-bee »
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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2017, 08:23:35 AM »
Sure, why not?  You could even let them fill the box and sell it as a complete hive, get more money
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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2017, 12:07:39 AM »
Sure you can but the bees grow faster in less space...
THAT's what I wanted to know.  Thank for your replies and suggestions, guys.
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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2017, 01:26:28 AM »
Sure, why not?  You could even let them fill the box and sell it as a complete hive, get more money
Hmmmm...how much would something like that go for?
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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2017, 08:04:42 AM »
One full deep, try 250.
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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2017, 12:44:05 AM »
A 5 frame nuc goes for 260 around me

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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2017, 08:10:56 AM »
A 5 frame nuc goes for 260 around me

From a backyard newbie?
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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2017, 08:39:26 AM »
I am probably way underpriced. I sell an 8f deep 80-90 percent drawn and packed full of bees for $180. I usually tell folks you better split or add a super or they will swarm.
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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2017, 09:58:49 AM »
I am probably way underpriced. I sell an 8f deep 80-90 percent drawn and packed full of bees for $180. I usually tell folks you better split or add a super or they will swarm.

Yep under-priced.... a  5 frame nuc here deep or medium is $150
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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2017, 09:59:47 AM »
A 5 frame nuc goes for 260 around me

I would be looking somewhere else  :shocked:
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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2017, 10:35:27 AM »
A 5 frame nuc goes for 260 around me

Around Michigan I see a 5 frame nuc going for $120.00 to $180.00.

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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2017, 12:53:48 AM »
A 5 frame nuc goes for 260 around me

From a backyard newbie?
Well, I wouldn't call me a TOTAL newbie.  I've been doing this for only five years, though. Backyard, yes, we have only 8-12 hives at any given time.  :embarassed:
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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2017, 05:19:46 AM »
I am not buying any nucs this year but last year I got 4 frame nucs for 126 from a local guy that winters his bees in SC. His operation is huge and the nucs were turned into very productive hives.

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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2017, 12:53:16 AM »
I am from Boston  but have lived in Thailand for 11 years now and am brand new to Beekeeping.
I bought an 8 frame NUC from the Bee Farm near me for 3500 BHAT which equals 102.00 USD. Bought it April 7 and it is doing great so far.
I can buy waxed and wired frames for 1.50 each, those are full wax sheets not starter strips.
There is a Beefarm with over 2000 hives 30 minutes away from me but they really don't sell supplies just bees, hives, and NUC's and frames.
I have a sawmill 5 minutes away that has done a lot of work in my house with Teak, I have them building 5 hives for me, just gave them the order, not sure the price but it will be cheap.
Still looking for a Beekeeping club or group here and for a supplier that is local. I have an order coming from Mann lake.....shipping was insane but I need a few things until I find a better cheaper way to do it.
Chiang Mai University does things with bees here and I am in contact with them to see what they can tell me about local conditions and local pests.

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Re: Can I start a nuc in an 8 frame?
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2017, 06:21:55 PM »
A 5 frame nuc goes for 260 around me

Around Michigan I see a 5 frame nuc going for $120.00 to $180.00.

I'm amazed at $120 nucs - packages run about than in my neck of the woods, and Nucs are 150+

 

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