Right now, most of my mating nucs are up around our house. Very convenient, but they have to fly over the bean field to get to food, and there are a lot of bees around the yard. The nucs at the house are all on bricks and landscape timbers - hard on the back. I designed some stands that would allow me to stand when I pull queens, and that are sturdy enough for the sandy hill. Ben bought the steel and welded them up, and we put the bees out on the Sand Hill.