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  1. #1
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    Default Switching out

    My youngest daughter Avery, who is 5 going on 25 does not like the poly finish on one of our hives because it does not match the "pretty colors" she picked out for the other three. I hate to admit it but I want it to match too. Aah the joys of being particular. Anyway, how exactly do I go about switching out the hive bodies? I planned on doing it during my next inspection. Is there a specific method to follow? Suggestions appreciated. Thanks all.

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    Default Re: Switching out

    Set something on the ground (lid, inner cover, scrap of wood etc.) and put then empty box on that. When you get to the box you want to swap out, move each frame to the new box. Remove the old box. Put the new box on and reassemble...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Switching out

    Thank you Michael. Appreciate it.

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    Default Re: Switching out

    Not to disagree with MB, but you will save heavy lifting to have a stand same height as your hive next to your hive, move old box onto said stand, place new empty box on hive, move frames into new box.
    So much effort is given to converting to smaller boxes rather than to devise lift saving methods.

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    Default Re: Switching out

    My back has not given me any trouble since I cut down all my 10's to 8 frames mediums. My bees seem to do better with the narrower space and actually fill out all the frames. I put 9 frames in the brood boxes which helps with space to prevent swarming. Life is good!
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

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    Default Re: Switching out

    Anything you can do that gets the work done without bending over is a good thing.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Switching out

    I am all for efficiency and less lifting. Fortunately I don't have back problems yet. Hear that Mr. Murphy?

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    Default Re: Switching out

    Paint the box in place

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