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Thread: Super hives

  1. #1
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    Just curious, I have heard of gigantic super hives, requiring up to six hive bodies, any one ever have an extremely successful hive like that?

  2. #2
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    Hi,

    Yes. Five hive bodies is average (3 broodnest, two supers). But up to 7 or 8 from time to time depending on the year. I don't like stacking that tall anymore as it is hard for me to take supers off in the 7th and 8th position when full. I harvest progressively nowadays via escape or brush depending on how fast I need to turn the equipment over.

    Clay

  3. #3
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    Often. It's one of the reasons I've decided to try to run my hives more horizontally. It's a bear lifting even a shallow super that high.

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