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  1. #1
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    Would some of you out there please be kind enough to say whether you prefere 9 frames, or 10 frames in brood box, and why?....Thanks, Ron.

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    I like 10 frames, but some even trim the
    nubs off their frames to get 11 frames
    per brood box.

    There's no reason to want fewer cells in
    a brood box, and while 9-frame supers are
    all I ever use because the comb is drawn
    out thicker, and is hence easier to uncap,
    9-frame brood boxes are not required to
    go under 9-frame supers.


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    Howdy Ron --

    I use 9 frames in the brood areas, but they are crowded close together and a 1/2 "
    spacer board is placed on each side of the 9
    frames. This allows one of the spacer boards to be removed to give more space when
    removing the first brood area comb. This is
    to prevent rolling and killing bees on the
    first frame.

    Doc

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    >I like 10 frames, but some even trim the
    nubs off their frames to get 11 frames
    per brood box.

    I have 10 in the brood chamber for most and 11 in some, and 9 in none. I like 9 in the supers though.

    I don't like all the in and out comb in the brood nest, it makes it hard to rearrange things when I want to because with 9 frames there is a lot of honey sticking out a lot and brood set back in so the faces of the combs are uneven.

    Doc left a few of his spacers in some hives I bought from him and some of mine are 10 frames and one spacer on the end.

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    Cool

    Ron:

    Walter Kelley, author of "How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey", founder of the Kelley bee supply Co., wrote that he preferred 9 frames in his supers and brood boxes as well. He suggested using ten frames until the bees had fully drawn out the combs, then removing the tenth frame and spacing the combs. He stated that this had the effect of cutting back on swarming tendencies.
    Ox

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    I polled all of the largest commercial keepers at the meeting this weekend, and they all said nine frames in both the brood and supers.

    I've been doing the same since I started using PC.

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    9 frames make for easy frame removal, but I got much burr comb and spacing is more difficult. Spacing can get goofed up if bees are moved. I like 10 frames because of less burr comb, more uniformly drawn comb and more comb for the bees. I often like to have one frame of foundation at the 9 spot to make frame removal easier.

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    I use 9 frames in brood chambers (and so do all commercial beekeepers I know). Actually, 8 frames in deeps + internal division board feeder.

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    Gregg Stewart

    [This message has been edited by Gregg (edited October 18, 2004).]

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