New beekeeper

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Eddiejoe, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. Eddiejoe

    Eddiejoe New Member

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    When I got my nuc only put nine frames in the bottom deep, my ?, when I add a second deep should I also do nine frames or ten..thank you
     
  2. paint504

    paint504 Member

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    Why would you only add 9?
     

  3. ibeelearning

    ibeelearning Member

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    Some beekeepers load only nine frames for extra room. And some frame spacers are built for 9 frames rather than ten. If the goal is to have more room to maneuver frames (a noble goal, imo), my experience is the bees just fill it up with a larger comb anyway, negating any advantage. Instead, I am experimenting with solid division boards in place of the tenth frame on the end. I pull the solid board during inspections and return it before closing up.

    I think I would keep consistency in the spacing box to box, but still watch closely for honey-bound or otherwise blocked ventilation and passage.
     
  4. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I like honey supers to have 9 fat frames but in the interest of less burr comb I generally use 10 frames in brood boxes