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  1. #1
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    Default How many supers?

    I'm buying 3 hive splits from a local beekeeper soon, and trying to make sure I'm all set when they arrive. I'll be using all medium 10-frame equipment. How many supers should I expect to need the first year? I'll be in the Twin Cities area, using 3 mediums as a brood box.

    Thanks!

  2. #2
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    Issaquah,WA,USA
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    Default Re: How many supers?

    I would think 2 would be good first year. I use deeps and have 1 deep and one western per hive.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: How many supers?

    The problem is it could vary by more than 200%. I' m assuming you're already talking about 3 for he brood and you're just asking about boxes above that. You may need as few as 1 or 2 or as many as 5 of 6. It's always better to have too many than too few and the beekeeping places are backlogged because it's that time of year...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  4. #4
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    Default Re: How many supers?

    I' m assuming you're already talking about 3 for he brood and you're just asking about boxes above that.
    Yes, exactly.

    If it did grow to as high as 5 or 6, I would be able to extract one at a time, and really just keep 1-3 on the hive, right?

  5. #5
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    Default Re: How many supers?

    Certainly.

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