Nuc Over - Transfer 5 Frame Langstroth Nuc to Top Bar or Warré Hive
Note: I’m leaving this up on our site so those who want to build their own can look at the pictures. This way they can use their existing equipment and bees to make the transition. However, since our customers primarily buy 5 frame nucs, we are discontinuing the Nuc-over. Instead we recommend our customers use the Nuc-Up for horizontal top bar hives or the Nuc-Down for the Warré hive.
- Metal Telescoping Roof
- 10 frame Langstroth deep hive body
- Solid bottom attached: no other equipment is needed to provide a floor
- 5 top bars: either Top Bar hive or Warré
- Cavity Reducers: used under the top bars to keep new comb limited to the size of the Top bar or Warré hive body.
- 2 pre drilled and corked entrances
- 2 pre drilled, screened & corked vents to release hive scent away from the entrance and lure robbers/wasps away from the main entrance
Why do I need this?
Buying local nucs from regional beekeepers is an ideal way to start a colony. Whether its a proven overwintered treatment free nuc or one made that spring with a local queen, having local bees that are related to each other helps tip the odds in your favor for success. You can mail order a specific breed of bees too. Beekeepers should check that the queen has a proven laying pattern, have been bred for desirable traits, and have survived your local conditions. Find the bees you want, that have been treated the way you see fit, and help them transition into your top bar hive.
How does this work? The bees build over...
The box is a basically a 10 frame Langstroth deep with a solid bottom, metal roof, and corks for entrances/vents. Half of the box is used to hold the 5 frames of a standard Nuc. The other half holds 5 top bars from either a top bar hive or a Warré hive. The box is then fitted with blocks that reduce the space that the bees have access to.
As the colony expands they will build natural comb on the top bars and the comb will be perfectly sized for the new hive cavity. The brood nest will expand into the new comb. Once they have mostly filled the box with comb, the colony can be transitioned to the new hive body. Simply place the new combs (now with eggs/brood/stores) into the new hive with the queen and brush/shake the rest of the bees from the old frames into the new hive body. There are other ways to play this out that we can go over in a mini lesson.
We can also make this to fit over an existing thriving Langstroth hive. It would have an open bottom and 10 top bars. It would act as a super the bees could work into. Eventually you'd perform a walk away split leaving the Langstroth hive and moving the new 10 bar split to a new hive body.
It can be a stand alone hive and even repurposed later as a Nuc box or swarm trap.
You also can contact our farm for tech support. We usually respond within minutes of getting an urgent request for help.
For local pick it up: I can walk you over to the other hives that are put together and answer any questions you may have about its design.
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