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    Default 7 box hive

    I have a 7 box tall hive that is almost full of brood and honey. How many boxes would you recommend taking off for the winter and how many would your recommend keeping on?

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    Default Re: 7 box hive

    Subscribed. I want to hear this advice.
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    Default Re: 7 box hive

    Personally, I would start stripping off the top until the remaining boxes weighed around 125 pounds. That would be leaving a generous amount of stores for your lattitude. Odds are the bottom box has very little honey and probably quite a bit of pollen. You might have three boxes of surplus or possibly four. That is my opinion but listen to some old beekeeper in your area. Local advice is best.

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    Default Re: 7 box hive

    What size boxes?

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    Default Re: 7 box hive

    Quote Originally Posted by JRG13 View Post
    What size boxes?
    They are mediums. I was thinking of taking 3 off and leaving 4.

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    Default Re: 7 box hive

    I use all mediums here in Amarillo, Tx and overwinter in 3 or 4, depending on bee population and how heavy the boxes are. Four, if the top two are full of honey are likely plenty. Good luck!

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    Default Re: 7 box hive

    If they are 10 farme then 3 boxes equal 2 deeps. If 8 frame then it takes 4. I would think that a double deep would be plenty for where you are.

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    Default Re: 7 box hive

    1 box of brood/honey/pollen. Then leave 2 more boxes of completely capped honey. Dont know how much brood you have so it may be more like 1.5 boxes so adjust accordingly but i wouldnt leave any more than 3 boxes on in your area and feed in late winter/early spring if needed.

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