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    Question Medium Supers for Hive Bodies

    I am considering going to Medium Supers for Hive Bodies as I am having problems with the weight of full deeps. Advancing years and medical problem combine to weaken the ole body.

    Is anyone doing this? How many supers should I use to replace a double brood hive? I'm thinking 3 that would still give the 18 inches of foundation.

    Thanks, Ron

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    I'm sure Mr. Bush will jump in here cause he knows more about it than I do. But I changed over to all mediums after reading his thoughts on it, not because I can't handle full deeps(I'm only 20), but because of the uniformity and it just makes everything easier. I think 3 mediums is equivalent to 2 deeps, and my bees have overwintered fine with 3.

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    3 mediums equal 2 deeps. A lot of people are running this set up for various reasons

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    I agree. I am all mediums, 3 is equivalent to 2 deeps. I overwintered nucs in a single medium, add a box of honey in early March from deadouts and they are booming now.

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    All mediums here thanks to Michael.

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    Or, you can go to eight frame deeps, and eight frame mediums.

    That is what I've done.

    MM

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    >I am considering going to Medium Supers for Hive Bodies as I am having problems with the weight of full deeps. Advancing years and medical problem combine to weaken the ole body.

    I went to all eight frame mediums. But all ten frame mediums will be an improvement.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeseightframemedium.htm
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslazy.htm#uniformframesize
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslazy.htm#lighterboxes

    >Is anyone doing this?

    Yes.

    > How many supers should I use to replace a double brood hive?

    Three ten frame mediums is almost exactly equivalent to two ten frame deeps. Four eight frame mediums is almost exactly equivalent to two ten frame deeps.

    > I'm thinking 3 that would still give the 18 inches of foundation.

    Exactly.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Thanks to all

    Looks like a lot of others had the same thoughts.

    Thanks to all who responded.

    Ron

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    Default Mediums

    Howdy Ron --

    I have used only mediums for 50 years. INTERCHANGEABILITY !!
    aLL my beginners are encouraged to do likewise. I winter in 1,2 or 3 depending on
    how large the colony is.

    Doc

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