Re: 11 frames in brood chamber
There is a fairly long thread on this topic from several years ago. It is worth reading.
1. Faster buildup in spring because a given size cluster covers more total comb area.
2. More swarming unless you take precautions such as pulling a split from each hive.
3. Cutting down standard 1 3/8 frames makes the frames hard to uncap, don't use them in a super.
4. Foundation must be centered in the frame to avoid problems with one side being too shallow.
fyi, I converted to square Dadant hives using 1 1/4 inch frames. I have used 1 1/4 inch frames since spring 1977.
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest