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    Quote Originally Posted by busybeephilip View Post
    Personally I won't be buying anymore commercially made mating nucs - All DIY stuff for me, thats the fun in beekeeping
    That's where we were heading....and where I will be heading again once I start restocking -but they won't, strictly, be 'mini' as such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellifera Crofter View Post
    I Googled 'EWB nuc', and all I could find was that it stands for 'ein waben kasten' (or, a honeycomb box). What does this box look like, BBP?
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    https://www.holtermann-shop.de/Koeni...gt9v492p6tv083
    Its a 1/3rd frame size box, with candy store (above - I prefer below so it never runs down in the heat). They are placed in a wooded housing
    https://www.holtermann-shop.de/Koeni...gt9v492p6tv083
    for insulation and protection from the sun (the windows are not otherwise idea).
    The system is handy as you can check if the queen is : there, mated & laying without opening anything up.
    you pay for it though.

    Also the windows make checking for drones possible, some mating sites in Germany refuse Apideas, because they cannot check for drones, and they really do care about keeping the mating sites "clean"
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    Quote Originally Posted by busybeephilip View Post
    Jon - As you are well aware I was not at minnowburn last summer, However, there is little difference between rainbows and apideas, rainbows are less likely to be eaten by mice therefore will last longer but would be just as efficient rolewise for queen mating units compared to apideas, same size of frames. Personally I won't be buying anymore commercially made mating nucs - All DIY stuff for me, thats the fun in beekeeping
    I have 5 rainbow minis - raised 7 queens from them this year. I have a program to make min mating nucs from celotex.. about 4 each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calum View Post
    ... Its a 1/3rd frame size box, with candy store (above - I prefer below so it never runs down in the heat). They are placed in a wooded housing ... for insulation and protection from the sun (the windows are not otherwise idea). ...
    Thanks Calum and BBP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madasafish View Post
    I have a program to make min mating nucs from celotex.. about 4 each.
    Ooh any chance you could share details on this please?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jambo View Post
    Ooh any chance you could share details on this please?

    Thanks
    In about 2 weeks time when I've tidied up (i.e. drawn) the plans :-)

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    EWB nucs Mininuke3.jpgMininuke1.jpgMininuke2.jpg

    I took these photos decades ago using 35 camera and have scanned them to digitise them to upload (apologises about the quality of the images)
    Last edited by masterbk; 16-10-2017 at 11:43 AM.

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    Those images are of the old bibba nucs who tried to copy the EWK system and failed


    This is what you want EWK nucs

    http://www.honingraat.eu/en/mating-n...3-raam-dn.html
    http://www.honingraat.eu/en/263-mating-nucs
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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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