Re: Frames Spacing.... HELP!?!?!?
There are certainly many trials and tribulations concerning the production and manipulations in allowing bees to draw natural comb frames in conventional beekeeping equipment. The more experience you attain the easier it will be to deal with the inevitable cross combing that will occur. If you are going to crush and strain your honey comb then I wouldn’t worry about it too much. I think the fun part for you is having to perform routine colony inspections with naturally drawn comb that is irregular and hard to work with. When you become more experienced you will realize that keeping bees in N.C. might not be like they do things in Arkansas or Mississippi. My standard here is a single 10 frame deep and a medium shallows for brood production and then honey supers above. Double deep setups here are not beneficial for honey production and are a waste of equipment for our needs. We overwinter lots of colonies in single deeps here even with temperatures of -10 on occasion. Our normal set-up is a deep and a shallow or 2. As far as spacing out frames in honey supers there can be advantages. On strong honey flows we always run 9 frames (drawn) evenly spaced or with frame spacers. One advantage is equipment. I can use the extra 100 frames of drawn comb to make up an additional 11 medium boxes to super other colonies with. This arrangement will allow me the opportunity to produce another 300-400 lbs of honey using the same resources of equipment. Good luck.
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