Re: 5 frame garden hive
Keeping five frame hives is just more labor intensive...been doing it for 4-5 years as a standard. It works well, they make as much honey as a full size hive if managed properly, plus they will also give you some splits. Tipping in high winds is certainly a problem if you pile too many boxes on. I have run 6 high without any real problems.
Other than tipping over, I haven't had any real problems with them...and I certainly enjoy the reduction in weight over 10 frame equipment. They also winter slightly better than 10 frame hives do...
Disadvantages other than tipping is the increased number of boxes needed to stay ahead of them during a good flow..
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