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Nucleus Hive

Nucleus, or "nuc" colonies, are small honey bee colonies created from larger bee colonies. The term refers both to the smaller box and the colony of honeybees within it. A nucleus hive has all the features of a standards beehive, except with a reduced width. A nucleus colony can be used to stop overcrowding in a larger, healthy colony by splitting some of the population off to raise a new colony. They can also be used to care for spare queens. Painting with water based paint will improves its durability.