Swi Bine Expanded Polystyrene Mating Hives
This type of nuc is not so well known as the Apidea, but it
is quite popular, due to a comparitively lower price. It is light in
weight like other expanded polystyrene foam nucs and will blow about
in the wind in the same fashion, but it can be strapped to the
branches of a tree using a section cut from car inner tube in the
same way as the other lightweight types.
The recesses in the sides of the frame top bars allow for queencell insertion. There is a feeder compartment at the rear of the frames.
There is a transparent plastic sheet that acts as a 'coverboard' and the bottom has a plastic sheet slide so that the nuc can be filled from the bottom. The entrance has a slide that when closed will expose the maximum area of the ventilation mesh. The ventilation mesh is of moulded plastic except on earlier versions where perforated aluminium sheet was used.
There is a small piece of queen excluder between the feeder
and the main compartment to stop any accidental drowning of the queen
if liquid food is used, (
see Feeding Candy).
I have never owned any of this particular type of mating hive, but I have seen them in use in other beekeeper's apiaries.
The drawing at right was taken from an actual example lent to me by Brian Cramp.
The lug recesses are 16 mm deep, 25 mm wide and are spaced at a pitch of 35 mm.
Originated... 09 February 2003,