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    Default Partition hive for queen rearing

    Does anyone know where I can get one compatible with NBC. There is one made in Turkey I think but takes langstroths and Dadant frames.
    The hive can be partitioned to three or four sections with entrances/exit for the bees on different sides of the hive.


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    I've just Googled 'National queen castle', and this one from Peak-Hives was on top.

    I don't know what you mean with NBC though ...

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    My experience with multiple 2-3 frame nucs within a single box has always been a bit disappointing. They can be pain to inspect and it's not unusual for bees to 'favour' one queen over another. I've usually used pinned plastic sheet as crownboards, so not ideal ... but I'm a cheapskate

    That one from Peak Hives looks nicely made but I suspect four separate nuc boxes, dummied down to two frames if needed, would be more efficient and more flexible.

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    Thanks both for the suggestions. Sorry Kitta meant to say compatible with my Nationals. Tried to contact Peak Hives for a quote but not come back to me yet. Suspect going with the nucs will be the best idea in the end.


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    This is the Turkish made partition hive.


    http://www.apimaye.co.uk/queen-hive.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bridget View Post
    This is the Turkish made partition hive.

    wow! that looks horrendous. Don't do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feckless Drone View Post
    wow! that looks horrendous. Don't do it!
    Donít worry I wasnít going to!


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    I have used Bee Equipment#s double poly mating nuc successfully to raise Qs and overwinter them. I use clear plastic sheet secured in the centre to prevent colonies fighting when inspecting.. Fine when both Qs mate: not so good when one fails..Based on 1/3rd Lang width, (I have used it as a basis for home made single mating nucs with 6 frames identical to the BE one.
    Work very well )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feckless Drone View Post
    wow! that looks horrendous. Don't do it!
    What's the opposite of 'style over substance' ... did you read the bumph? A queen mating entrance (separate, to stop drifting?), a queen status indicator to check the condition of the queen without opening the top cover? Er, how?

    And I thought Abelo hives had too many parts ...

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