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The Kieler mini nuc is simliar in many respects to other mini nuc's on the market but with one significant exception - it is nearly twice the volume! External dimensions are 6.7in high, 8.7in wide and 10.6in long. Where it also differs is the use of 6.7in long top bars coupled with sloping internal walls.. 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 in the price is an entrance disk, removable food compartment and sliding floor. The hive takes 4 top bars when used with the food compartment and 6 when the compartment is removed, 6 are included with the Kieler. The top bars require a small starter strip from a sheet of wax. 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.
Although not part of the kit many beekeepers find these mini-nucs easier to use if they slip a sheet of polythene between the roof and mini-nuc body. Any bit of clear polythene from a plastic bag will be suitable, which makes the roof much easier to take off.
These nucs can be securely stacked on top of each other (facing in different directions) and with their increased size can be used for overwintering if precautions are taken to ensure they have plenty of stores at the onset of winter.
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