Nucleus Hives and Queen rearing

Nucleus Hives and Queen Rearing
An Important part of your Queen Rearing and colony increases and to aid swarm control, used for collecting your nucleus of bees too.

Assembled nucleus Hive, Floor entrance block, brood body to hold five deep frames, crown board, with feed hole and roof.

Cedar, Five frame                                                   £105.00  

Waterproof ply wood, Five frame, deep roof    £  75.00

Apidea Mating Hive          £25.95

Nucleus Contact Feeder 500ml to fit inside a five frame nuc £4.50

A good booklet available too, Managing Mini Nucs                                                    £2.00

Fondant to fit into the apidea without making a mess or the bees getting stuck   £1.20

Chinese Grafting Tool                                                                                                         £2.75

Stainless Steel Grafting Tool                                                                                             £9.95

‘New and improved ‘ Polystyrene 6 frame nuc. From Paynes Bee Farm, includes an open mesh floor and built in feeder. Used as a travel box to collect your nucleus of bees, producing new colony and swarm control, a useful addition to your beekeeping programme.  And it now comes with an entrance disc and perspex crown board   £31.95
14″ x 12″ converter       £10.95





Care of Your Polystyrene Hives Posted on  March 31, 2011  by  paynesbeefarm  
Polystyrene is a great material for bee hives.    Its lightweight, cost effective and when properly looked after will last 20+ years.
So, how do you give your poly hive or poly nuc box the best life you can.  
Although you don’t need to paint polystyrene hive parts, like the wooden equivalent, they will last much longer if you do.      We stock a Natural hive paint, based of Silicium.   This paint gives a rough surface that makes it easy for the bees to climb on and has natural anti-fungicide properties to it.  

Alternatively, masonry paints or even the cuprinol shades can also be used.  

Painting the inside of the feeder is also recommended, especially if you are going to be using it for weak sugar syrup.     If you are using paint other than the polystyrene paint, make sure the finished surface is roughened to aid the bees in climbing. This can be done by sprinkling dry sand in the feeder just after you have painted it, then shake the surplass out.


The hives are best cleaned with a solution of washing soda. This will dissolve propolis and clean off any dirt etc. Be careful trying to remove propolis and wax with the hive tool, as it will dig into the polystyrene if the tool is not kept flat.

Sterilisation of the hive can be carried out with a solution of household bleach, normally a 10% solution is recommended.    Virkon S, obtainable from farm suppliers and some vets is also a very good cleaning liquid. Wear suitable protection, including eye protection, when cleaning your hive.

Apidea Mating Hive   £25.95 


These mini nuc’s have been used by The Honey Pot for raising nucs for about 25 years. They come with self assembly frames, feeder chamber, sliding entrance, crown board and roof.
Very useful for Queen rearing, saving queens and swarm control






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