Re: deeps vs mediums
This thread has certainly taken on a life of its own. Lots of great information and I appreciate all the insight and suggestions.
I realize now that asking "deeps or mediums?" is right up there with "chevy or ford?" or "coke or pepsi?", everyone has their own thing and once someone picks a side it can be hard to get them to reverse course.
For me, I think I am going to go with 10 frame mediums this year, I might switch to 8's next year, have to think on that. I am doing this as a hobby at the moment, I have had enough of employees and at this point in my life and don't plan to ever have them again, so I only want as many hives as myself and my family can manage. Equipment costs for me are not really a determining factor, I have access to trees, a sawmill, and I am a carpenter, so an extra box or 3 per hive is not a big deal.
Thanks to everyone for giving me things to consider.
5th year - 6 colonies - zone 5a according to new USDA stats, but feels like 4a