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    Default What is better 8frame med or 5 frame deeps, Where to start?

    I have been hearing about all the benefits of the 8f med but isn't a 5 frame just same surface area what are the pros and cons of each, because i am digging on the 5 frame nuc boxes as starter boxes for my packages this year.
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    Default Re: What is better 8frame med or 5 frame deeps, Where to start?

    What size frames do you want in your hives, mediums or deeps?
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    Default Re: What is better 8frame med or 5 frame deeps, Where to start?

    Rick, Yes a 5fr deep is the same as a 8fr medium. Two double deeps should yield you honey and will overwinter just
    fine in Iowa. I use them exclusively.

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    Default Re: What is better 8frame med or 5 frame deeps, Where to start?

    thanks I was wondering about it. and the 5 frame deeps should be cheaper too to build buy cool thanks
    Rick Kumer

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    Default Re: What is better 8frame med or 5 frame deeps, Where to start?

    You can grow all eight frame mediums into a stable hive. If you grow five frame deeps as tall as a booming hive requires, they blow over easily.
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    Default Re: What is better 8frame med or 5 frame deeps, Where to start?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    You can grow all eight frame mediums into a stable hive. If you grow five frame deeps as tall as a booming hive requires, they blow over easily.
    Thank you for bringing that up, yes that could be a problem being top heavy. I figured on if I stacked the boxes side by side then they would not be such a problem or strapping them down which is what I am planning to do anyway, the only problem I am seeing it the entrances being too close, but would that really be such a problem with them? curious
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    Default Re: What is better 8frame med or 5 frame deeps, Where to start?

    Quote Originally Posted by CtyAcres View Post
    Rick, Yes a 5fr deep is the same as a 8fr medium. Two double deeps should yield you honey and will overwinter just
    fine in Iowa. I use them exclusively.
    How many frames does the brood nest in this setup cover; all 5 in the bottom deep?

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