The first step toward a sustainable apiary is the creation of nucleus colonies. They can be used for management, increase, or as a backup against winter losses. The Double Wide is our favorite setup - two small colonies can share warmth and it's interchangeable with lots of your other equipment in the apiary.
These nucs are a modified version of our excellent, Amish-crafted hives from Forest Hill Woodworking in Pennsylvania. The setup includes an overwintering double screen bottom board, divided box-joined hive bodies, homasote inner cover, and telescoping outer cover. The outer cover is finished with durable white aluminum flashing you can write on with a pencil. Notes about the hive's status will last through the weather until you choose to erase them.
Available in 8 or 10 frame deep size (frames and foundation not included.)