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  1. #1
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    Question Size of brood nest for 8 frame mediums

    For those who use 8 frame mediums for standard beekeeping, how many boxes do you allow for the brood nest? Since your frames are smaller and there are less of them, should you use 3 boxes, instead of the usual 2 boxes for 10 frame deeps?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Size of brood nest for 8 frame mediums

    I use three in South Carolina, I can over winter some of them in two.

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    Default Re: Size of brood nest for 8 frame mediums

    3 or 4. In theory 3 should work based on how many eggs a queen can lay and the rate they emerge.
    since '09-25H-T-Z6b

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    Default Re: Size of brood nest for 8 frame mediums

    I winter most of mine in 3 medium 10 frame boxes, some in 4, and a few in 2. The nucs in 2 or 3. The 10 frame box is not much bigger than 8, especially since the bees often do not fully utilize the outer frames all year.

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    Default Re: Size of brood nest for 8 frame mediums

    I use ten frame meds and use 3 box's
    I leave these year round
    Box 3 is for the most part food
    In the middle of winter there will be a bit of brood
    That is only on a few hives I think I could use an excluder
    and stop that
    I don't feed my bees, the third box covers that.

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    Default Re: Size of brood nest for 8 frame mediums

    >For those who use 8 frame mediums for standard beekeeping, how many boxes do you allow for the brood nest?

    Two eight frame mediums = one ten frame deep. In my location that would typically be four eight frame mediums (the typical hive here is two ten frame deeps in winter). Since I don't use an excluder and since I adjust the size of the hive for winter based on the cluster size, I don't allocate anything. The queen can expand as far as she needs to and I can leave whatever I think they need.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Size of brood nest for 8 frame mediums

    Thanks to all for the very helpful comments!

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