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    Default Kieler mini nucs?

    Anyone have experience of this type of mini and in particular over wintering them?


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    Yes, both.

    Overwintered with upper chamber on, so a nominal 6 frames on each level. Fondant block above. Also used a frame feeder to contain fondant, rather than the wasteful poly container that's supplied with them. Only used them for a couple of winters with perhaps 50% success rate, or less.

    A mating nucs, they're fine.

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    Yes, as fatshark, fine as mating nucs but diminished returns trying to overwinter them even when doubled up and combined.

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    Yes used with success. Trying to overwinter queen in extended one with poly cover...(full of bees , very active)

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    Hmm mine don't have an upper chamber so I wonder if we are talking about the same item. Takes 6 frames with the feed compartment not in use. I'll see about a photo if I can later.

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    Hmmm ... looks like an older model perhaps.

    This is the one I have:
    https://www.modernbeekeeping.co.uk/c...nt=39863616974

    And here is the upper chamber
    https://www.modernbeekeeping.co.uk/c...nt=39863621454

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    Quote Originally Posted by madasafish View Post
    Yes used with success. Trying to overwinter queen in extended one with poly cover...(full of bees , very active)
    Update:
    Successfully survived. They had an external poly cover which extended from roof to cover super down to floor. And a wooden board on top to keep snow and rain off..
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    One of the problems with mini-nucs is the absconding on a warm day. There must be a size of hive where the absconding stops. I have some mini-nucs which contain 5 of these frames and I had abscondings from these, so the size is still too small. Smallframenucframea.jpg

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