Re: How many frames of brood can a good queen have?
Dan pretty much nailed it. The equivalent of 12 full frames is about max. Sure I have seen brood on 14 to 16 frames but they aren't all "stick to stick". We use a lot of excluded singles as well. You better have your feed tanks along when you pull honey off of them. We make sure they have a couple nice frames of honey and then keep feed on them. Bottom line, though, is that the double hives are more populous at the end of the summer. It's a trade off, what do you want , more honey in your drums or more bees in your hives. We run them both ways.
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