I was reading this old issue of American Bee Journal and I found an interesting article on page 177.
I had considered square Langstroth hives before and wanted to try them. I already have a number of other configurations, 5-frame, 6-frame, 10-frame, 21-frame, and I've seen other larger versions as well. I'm wondering what effects a square, or by any means larger cavity would have on the bees, production, wintering, survival etc. At some point, someone mentioned that you can orient the frames perpendicular on successive levels and that might have some effect.
I already keep quite large hives year 'round even when such a configuration is unnecessary. I credit that decision for a distinct lack of swarming in my yards. There have been a couple of these old magazine articles which have credited large hives with little swarming and large honey crops. Add to that, Oscar Perone who seems to be communicating the idea that bees decide sometime in late winter how much they need to grow in order to swarm. Meanwhile, typical practice is to remove honey supers during winter and overwinter with the smallest hive feasible. What are your thoughts?
I realize there is a lot of information here, but give it your best shot. Tell me your experiences, your opinions, and your conjectures.