Re: Short Deep Frames - Perpendicular to standard frames
Matt, I recently read a book by a Russian beekeeper, Keeping Bees With a Smile,. He advocates long hives with deep frames. How deep? One way to get frames similar to what he uses is to cut the ears off a standard deep frame, and staple it to the bottom of another deep frame. He says that these deep frames allow the bees to build the same sort of honey dome over the brood nest that they would build in a tree colony. The bees are wintered on a fairly narrow set of these frames, confined between insulated follower boards, and then allowed to expand sideways in the spring. In effect, they are wintering on a two deep hive, but without the interruption of bee space between the upper and lower box. The box is 22 extra deep frames long, so shorter than the long hives I used this year, but with half-again as much comb space.
Ray--11 months, 7 hives, TF