Re: WINTER LOSSES NUC vs 10 FRAME
I started last spring foundationless. Never owned a piece of it. One of the first things i learned when having bees in a 10 frame medium single is they build up fast up to the 6 to 7th frame and slow after that. So every box i've built is 7 frame mediums. I won't use a hive any wider.
Originally Posted by seamuswildflower
Six frames would work nice for them, even better five frames but you'd have to mount the hive on a post or something to hold it up.
What they really would like is about three frames stacked eight feet high but that wouldn't be very easy to manage. Hives around here have been populated for decades in old house walls between the old rough cut 2x4's some 24" on center. The one's i've cutout span from plate to plate which is right at 8'.
Your average is still about 2 out of 3.
I went in to winter with 13 hives, 10 6 frame and 3 10 frame. Came out with 7 6 frame 2 10 frame one of the 10 framers swarmed in february and i found out in mid march and requeened my plan is to sell off my 10 frame and go all 6 frame. The only advantage i see in 10 frames is they do not tip as easy in the wind comments michael?
A hive doesn't have to be fully drawn out to swarm apparently. I saw a guy's hive that he's had for three years and is a double deep 10 frame. The bees only filled out like 7 or so frames in the center of both of them. They swarmed every year according to him. They just refused to touch the outside frames. Some of it was the plastic stuff too though.
Don't laugh it's paid for. -- Manure draws more flies than honey.