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Offline Thershey

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Re: Coates 5-Frame Nuc
« Reply #80 on: March 09, 2014, 11:47:27 am »
Great plans, since I run all medium equipment I made a couple adjustments and built a set yesterday, thanks again Robo.

My intended use for these nucs is an intermediate step up from my 3/3 mating castle before going to a full 10 frame body (medium). Question for the pros... Is a 5 frame medium Nuc large enough to also use as a swarm trap?

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Re: Coates 5-Frame Nuc
« Reply #81 on: March 09, 2014, 11:55:56 am »
Question for the pros... Is a 5 frame medium Nuc large enough to also use as a swarm trap?

I'm certainly far from a "pro", but will give my 2 cents anyway!  :-D

I have some 6 frame mediums that I've caught a couple swarms in, and know people that run nothing but 5 frame mediums as their swarm traps and do just fine with them.  So...Yes they will work fine!  Although I suspect they are probably not the optimal size.  There's a lot of debate and discussion on what is optimal, but that being said, I think most would agree that it's probably larger than a 5 frame medium.

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Re: Coates 5-Frame Nuc
« Reply #82 on: March 09, 2014, 01:25:35 pm »
Is a 5 frame medium Nuc large enough to also use as a swarm trap?

Any size trap is better than no trap.  From my experience, I think 5 frame deeps are too small.  
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Re: Coates 5-Frame Nuc
« Reply #83 on: March 09, 2014, 03:30:36 pm »
Is a 5 frame medium Nuc large enough to also use as a swarm trap?

Any size trap is better than no trap.  From my experience, I think 5 frame deeps are too small.  
http://beevac.com/swarm-traps/

Agreed, anything is probably better than nothing but that 20/30 L test you ran is indeed interesting.  Looks like natural selection definitely leans towards the larger home.  Thanks again for being so generous with the plans and your time.

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Re: Coates 5-Frame Nuc
« Reply #84 on: April 22, 2014, 08:58:03 pm »
A friend built 4 coates nucs and gave me two. I am  :-D Thanks for the plans!
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Re: Coates 5-Frame Nuc
« Reply #85 on: May 24, 2014, 01:55:25 pm »
Made 4.  Thanks!

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Re: Coates 5-Frame Nuc
« Reply #86 on: March 19, 2016, 01:46:30 am »
just made 4 of these and painted just got another sheet for 4 more. Thanks for the plans!!!!

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Re: Coates 5-Frame Nuc
« Reply #87 on: August 06, 2018, 12:56:47 am »
Here are VV the plans I use only I make the front entrance all the way across.
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Re: Coates 5-Frame Nuc
« Reply #88 on: January 30, 2019, 12:24:49 pm »
Greetings:
I know this thread is old but I was wondering if anyone had a cutsheet for the Coates Nuc using 3/4" plywood. I made some from the 1/2" already.

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Re: Coates 5-Frame Nuc
« Reply #89 on: January 30, 2019, 12:54:11 pm »
If you go with 3/4" you'll need to change the ones that make the frame rest to either 3/8" or 1/2"...  I have not seen one.  I'd just make them out of one bys if 3/4" was my intent.
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Re: Coates 5-Frame Nuc
« Reply #90 on: May 04, 2020, 02:03:06 pm »
Made my first NUC?s yesterday. Wanted to send a shout out/thank you to Drew Coates for the simple design and a Michael Bush for the clean plans which were spot on and yielded 4 perfects NUC boxes.  All that?s left to do is paint them today.

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Re: Coates 5-Frame Nuc
« Reply #91 on: August 20, 2020, 11:43:17 pm »
Very nice design, it is very helpful to me, thanks for sharing. :smile:
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