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  1. #1
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    Question Brood frame weight?

    Some one asked me this question and unfortunately I don't have any to weight at this time, so does any one know how much a full size frame of capped brood might weight?

    Thanks,

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    Default Re: Brood frame weight?

    You are going to have to define the frame size.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Brood frame weight?

    The frame size, the amout of brood in the frame, the amount of honey in the frame, the amount of pollen in the frame, the number of drone to worker bees in the frame. You will get as many different weights as people who answer on this one.

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    Default Re: Brood frame weight?

    Here is an estimate for a "deep" brood frames, based on weights from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm:

    A completely full 10-frame medium super can hold over 35 lbs of honey or close to 50 lbs total including the weight of the wood and all. A deep 10-frame brood chamber can weigh close to 80 lbs total when full.

    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...Comparison.asp
    The BM page that lists hive bodies says a 10 frame deep has a shipping weight of 10 lbs. Lets assume that means 9 lbs "out of the carton".

    80 - 9 = 71 lbs for 10 frames = about 7 lbs each for a deep "brood" frame.

    As rtoney points out, the ratio of brood, pollen and honey on any given frame is variable, so an estimate is just an estimate!
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Brood frame weight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    As rtoney points out, the ratio of brood, pollen and honey on any given frame is variable, so an estimate is just an estimate!
    No different than weighing a hive and making an estimate of how much honey is inside.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Brood frame weight?

    I wonder if Brushy Mountain just tilted up one end of their brood box to get that 80 lb weight?

    How high did they tilt it?


    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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