Re: I would like to be a commercial beek
I would agree that 12 to 13 "stick to stick" frames of brood is the maximum laying capability of any single queen....anywhere. That is an observation based on splitting thousands and thousands of large hives through the years at the very peak of egg laying. Of course with an open brood nest with three or more hive bodies there is going to be brood on a lot more frames but if you measured and calculated the total area in square inches it is still going to calculate out about the same. Roland's example where a queen is excluded into a single and frames rotated out is probably going to give you the most (also the most work for the beekeeper) simply because there is always open comb available and the queen dosent have to roam the hive looking for open comb.
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