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  1. #1
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    Default brood box question

    I'm looking to start beekeeping this spring in northwest Florida. I've talked to a very knowledgeable man in the area, and he said use one brood chamber, then put the honey supers on. Everywhere I read though, people use two brood chambers. Does anyone else use just one?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: brood box question

    doing fine with just one here in northeast alabama. 2 or 3 are more common in the colder northern locations.

    you might want to consider using all mediums like michael bush does:

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeseightframemedium.htm

    there's a lot of other good info there as well.

    welcome to beesource!
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  3. #3
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    Default Re: brood box question

    I'm not exactly sure on your time lines down there, but what we do is work in one chamber and super ontop. I do this during the swarmy season to give the queen an empty box to lay in, and then push her back down Into the single, queen excluder, a few weeks before I start collecting honey

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    Default Re: brood box question

    Many beekeepers in areas with colder winters than Florida winter in hives with more than one box. But, certainly it is possible to winter in one deep, even in cold winter climates.

    Ian winters his bees under controlled conditions indoors, but another commercial beekeeper, Roland, winters bees in Wisconsin outside in single deeps. More towards the end of this thread:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...eep#post981574

    Of course, Roland signs his posts as "Crazy Roland" ...
    -- Victor Hugo -- "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: brood box question

    The second box is mostly used for winter stores around here. However, you will find plenty beekeepers that winter in singles and even nucs. I have overwintered singles successfully in NW Ohio and I am trying out nucs this year.

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    Default Re: brood box question

    My neighbour winters in singles outdoors

  7. #7
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    Default Re: brood box question

    Thanks for all the info...now gotta get to work on buying a hive or two.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: brood box question

    Just find what is comfortable with you. If you want to winter in doubles, winter in doubles....

  9. #9
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    Default Re: brood box question

    I've got some in singles, some in doubles, some with supers, some without.
    I think bees are more flexible than some people give them credit to be.

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    Default Re: brood box question

    Winter the bees in what ever equipment you want. The thing is as you get older what you want to use could change.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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