Re: Why not horizontal?
Weren't they all start ups last year?
Originally Posted by rhaldridge
Using those double deep combs will certainly allow the bees a more natural configuration but I've never gone for them myself because swarming is a natural behaviour, something the bees actually want to do. To prevent it if the hive is healthy, you have to interfere. This is more easily done when combs within the brood nest can be reversed, top to bottom.
Thinking outside the box has it's merits, sometimes. But sometimes the box itself is the result of the cumulative wisdom of thousands of people over many years and should not be lightly dismissed.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).