Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages
I can't answer for Bernhard, but my view is that inspections should be done according to the needs of the bees. I leave my bees alone most of the winter. Preparing for winter should be done in the fall. This includes food and arrangement of the hive around the cluster. Early spring needs inspections done at least every 2 weeks to prevent swarming and detect any hive conditions that would prevent production of a crop of honey.
NW Alabama, 47 years, 22 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest