Keiler Mini Nuc
External dimensions are 17 cm high, 22 cm wide and 27 cm long. With 17 cm long top bars coupled with sloping internal walls - just like a full sized top bar hive. An upper body is also available to allow expansion of the little colony and for uniting two colonies together, for example when the queen has been removed from one.
Included with the hive is 4 Top Bars, Entrance Disk, Food Compartment (non-detachable) and a Sliding Floor.
The hive takes 4 top bars when used with the food compartment and 6 when the compartment is removed. The top bars require a small starter strip 10 to 15mm wide cut from a sheet of foundation.
To secure the strip into the groove in the top bar either use liquid wax from a spoon or dip the edge of the strip in fairly cool but just liquid wax, press the strip into the groove whilst the wax on the edge is stil soft and then run a small soldering iron along the wax which will have built up either side of the groove. Alternatively, some beekeepers simply fill the slot with liquid wax but most beekeepers find a starter strip is more reliable.
A great mini nuc with the size necessary for more stable populations than an Apidea.
The mini-nucs can be stacked securely on top of one another, facing in different in directions if required.
With their increased size they can be used for over-wintering if precautions are taken to ensure they have enough stores before winter.