Updated for 2023, the Fig 8 Nuc Portal is a variation on the classic Salbany. Rather than being located on the inside of the hive its designed to be fitted to the outside.
The NUC version incorporates an island and is aimed at Nucleus Hives & Bait Boxes but could also be used in Supers which typically see less traffic than the main Brood. The island offers an additional defensive barrier meaning fewer Bees can successfully defend the colony.
The external mounting makes it more suitable for Hives located in exposed locations where prevailing wind/rain could otherwise penetrate into the hive. It comes without an island and is most suited to established and healthy colonies. Rather than a single large entrance the Bees are provided with a number across the whole hive allow access to all areas of the hive and reducing congestion at important times. The depth of the entrance channel is such that Bees can bridge the gap closing the entrance with Propolis. They use round entrances which are easier for fewer Bees to guard.
The classic arrangement recommended by inventor, Filipe Salbany, is three in an inverted triangle on the Brood Box with one or two being placed into every super.
They are sustainably hand made using either locally sourced timber or offcuts from a trusted local timber supplier. Typical woods include: Oak, Beech, Ash, Iroko and Sapele. We would recommend the hole cut into the hive is 25mm (1in). You may also decide to treat your portals prior to installation to extend their lifespan. For more advice on installation check out our information page.
Sold with stainless screws and corks.