Spacing honey frames
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  1. #1
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    Default Spacing honey frames

    I would like to try removing a frame from my honey supers. Will they draw them out fatter if the frames are already drawn with nectar in them? In other words will they continue to draw them out or am I too late. Thanks J

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  3. #2
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    Depends on strength of flow / hive. It wont hurt to try. In my area the flow is pretty much over so they would likely remained uncapped or partially capped.

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    Default Re: Spacing honey frames

    Iíve been trying this out this year (7 frames in an 8 frame box). Itís been working out pretty well so far. Not all the frames are even and there is some additional burr comb but itís looking like uncapping will be much simpler overall.

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    I run 9 frames in my 10 frame supers. The bees draw the cells out past the frames making honey extraction easier. You get more capping wax as well to use for candles, lip balm, soap, or foundation for more colonies.

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    Default Re: Spacing honey frames

    i run 8 frames for extracting. They uncap much easier than running 9.
    Lawrence Heafner
    15 hives; 17 years; TF for 12; Zone 7B

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    Default Re: Spacing honey frames

    I've bought spacers. So far, I like the metal ones best.
    Beek since 2016: Hardiness Zone 9a: in NW Florida

  8. #7
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    Default Re: Spacing honey frames

    I start out with 10 frames of foundation after they have started drawing out all the frames. I pull out a frame and equally space them for 9 frames. As they continue to draw out the comb, I pull another frame out and equally space the 8 frames. Less wood and more wax and honey. Less frames to spin out too.

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    Default Re: Spacing honey frames

    You don't want to get the frames too fat or they won't fit in a radial extractor and you'll end up spining them tangentially, which is more work.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

  10. #9
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    Thanks for the advice. I pulled a couple fat ones out and spaced them. We will see if they continue to build them out with nectar already in them J

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