Re: Checkerboarding verses Opening the Broodnest
Walt, no offense implied, you were quite plain that the drawings were not accurate: Let me be more specific and think a bit more as I type. My question was specific to your box configuration since we are of about the same zone. The drawings show three different configurations for a “one step management” and I was wondering if you had standardized to a single configuration (in your zone 7 area). I was building more boxes this weekend (got some cheap 1x8) and was debating cutting some of them down to a shallow for CB method. I have to admit that MB’s theory of “one size does it all” definitely is showing it strong points. Not just building but also in the pyramiding up, sharing frames of brood between hives, making splits.
My winter manipulation I put all of my brood in the bottom box, honey / empty in the top and fed until the top was full (cold wet late summer). The plan this year is easy (center diagram if they do not eat it all) Do you do deep, deep, shallow shallow (DDSS) and super mediums? Do you replace your second deep with shallows (DSS)? I can do a split after the raspberry flow and move the second deep off. You are trying to get us to think for ourselves but I just want to get a foundation configuration so half of my stock does not fly away every year.
“Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)