Re: Ian Steppler... question re: your blog - shaking down queens
In a commercial setting it means one less visit to the yard, less handling of boxes, less time spent inspecting in a hive.
Originally Posted by Roland
Thanks for verifying what I thought I was seeing Ian. I don't think I'm ready to attempt managing singles yet. Long cold winters here in Sudbury, with just enough temperature swings to cause bees to move around and eat stored frames. I'm definitely in no position to be wintering indoors like your setup. I think vertical space is important here, allow the cluster to move up without having to break cluster and move over to a different set of frames. Even some 5F nuc boxes, stacked 3 high (15F total per "nuc"), wintered well considering they weren't incredibly strong and didn't have a ton of stores... or even properly drawn frames.
Beekeeping since 2009; currently running 20+ hives.