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  1. #1
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    Ferdinand,IN,USA
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    Question Illinois or shallow supers?

    Just starting out. When it comes time to add supers how do I know whether to use shallow supers or Illinois supers?

  2. #2
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    Which ever you choose. Illinois supers are pretty heavy but you can use them for brood boxes too.
    Thanks for your time, Beehopper

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by beehoppers View Post
    Which ever you choose. Illinois supers are pretty heavy but you can use them for brood boxes too.
    I agree with Beehoppers. While I have hundreds of shallow supers, I don't buy nor build any, any longer. I focus on Mediums or deep supers. That's just what I do.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2008
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    Lake Park, Georgia, USA
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    Default watch your back

    We have close to 2000 hives and my advice is watch your back. Do yourself a favor and buy shallow supers. Honey is heavy as you know and a full super is a load. If I let you load & rob honey with us one day of Illinois supers and one of shallow supers you'll know. We will rob ton truck loads of honey a day. With only a few hives it may not make a difference, but a back is a terrible thing to waste and you only have one to protect. Beekeeping is a wonderful hobby but don't hurt yourself doing it.

  5. #5
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    I would think if you pulled the heaviest frame or two out of a medium before lifting it would be pretty close to the weight of a shallow.

    Lift from one side(not the front or back) with the empty spot away from you to keep the weight as close to your body as possible.

    That's what I do when I have to lift a chock full deep.

  6. #6
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    Mediums work well for everything. Eight frame mediums weigh less.

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

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