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    Default How many Small Cell hobbyists are using Narrow Frames?

    I have been rotating out 1 3/8" wide frames for two years now and I believe that my full size hives will all have narrow frames in them by Summer 2013. That should be about eight hives.

    Who else is trying to move to narrow frames?
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    Default Re: How many Small Cell hobbyists are using Narrow Frames?

    Are you doing this for the brood chamber or the whole hive?
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: How many Small Cell hobbyists are using Narrow Frames?

    I'm not trying to move to narrow frames, I have already done so.

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    Default Re: How many Small Cell hobbyists are using Narrow Frames?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    Are you doing this for the brood chamber or the whole hive?
    The narrow frames are beneficial in the brood chamber. Or at least that's what those who use them believe...
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: How many Small Cell hobbyists are using Narrow Frames?

    So what are you doing or what do you believe?
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: How many Small Cell hobbyists are using Narrow Frames?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    So what are you doing or what do you believe?
    The subject / purpose of this thread is fairly clear. This thread was not intended as a conversation about what's and why's or beliefs. Go read some threads about narrow frames or read Bush's website... I'm just trying to get an idea of how many may be practicing the same technique...
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: How many Small Cell hobbyists are using Narrow Frames?

    I'm planning to go to all narrow frames in the brood chambers. Right now I have two hives, one with standard frames and the other with narrow frames in two medium boxes over a deep with standard frames (picked up the wrong nuc box, I had one ready with narrow frames when I got that swarm so ended up with standard frames in the deep).

    Next spring I intend to do splits, and will replace the standard frames with narrows, and start any new swarms or packages on narrows.

    The brood looks much better on narrow frames, and the honey band at the top is the same depth as the brood rather than thicker. I suspect (although I can't prove it) that the bees will be able to cover more brood and stay warmer with less honey consumption on the narrow frames. Not that this winter is any colder than last so far -- supposed to be 70F on Monday!

    Peter

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    Default Re: How many Small Cell hobbyists are using Narrow Frames?

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    Go read some threads about narrow frames or read Bush's website... I'm just trying to get an idea of how many may be practicing the same technique...
    I have read a lot of Michael Bush's website and I know he is in favor of keeping your equipment all the same. I too am trying to get an idea if people modify all their frames to the narrow dimension and then space them out when they are used in the supers.
    Brian Cardinal
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