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  1. #1
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    I finally figured out what these are REALLY for. Jay Smith (Queen Rearing Simplified) says they are to increase cluster space in the brood nest and cut down on swarming.

    I never got that from anyones explaination before.

  2. #2
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    You would think that empty comb has more clustering space. I don't see how follower boards would reduce swarming. I only find a purpose for them in taking up the extra room in square boxes, and when I hive a small swarm on less than a full box of frames.

  3. #3
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    I think the idea is that there is a beespace on each side of it and that's more bees than if there was only one bees space on. After all, if you do it in a 10 frame box, you take a frame out to make room for the followers, the follower doesn't really take up room (the ones I've seen were less than 1/8" thick) and that extra room is filled with bees.

    Makes sense to me.

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