Re: Trying Michael Palmer's way
Built a couple duplex hives out of necessity last fall. Had four nucs that needed space and was low on cash so I sacrificed two deeps. Oh it was tough making that decision when I was so low on wooden ware. I totally expected all four colonies to die and was surprised to find that all four lived. (even the dink). This spring they got put in full size boxes and exploded.
If you're considering giving this a try do not hesitate. What do you got to lose other than a couple weak colonies that would do better in a 4/4 or 4/4/4? Double them up and they share heat. Amazing how well they do. I keep building more of them too.
Another thing I did this spring was stack nucs. 3 deeps with about 4 mediums on top and gee whiz they like that. Get ready for the honey and a swarm or two. If you're wanting more bees this is a very good way to get there.
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