Beekeeping 5 Years - 10 production hives and about 10 nucs - Treatment OAV Only
I'm in 10-frame kit, and some winters they run out (and thus need supplemental feed). Depending on how long your winters are, and how active your bees are, this approach may not work for you, especially on 8-frame kit. My bees are relatively inactive during winter, so feed goes a long ways. We're broodless for a couple of months (late November to late February, give-or-take), and see minimal brood rearing until April. I came out this spring with between 4 and 7 "seams" of bees in each box, which is pretty strong, and even so had several frames of honey in each hive. Their populations are booming right now, so I have to keep a close eye on their stores as there isn't much nectar yet (lots of pollen though).
I would also add that single-deeps are more work than doubles (or, at least, require a little more rigour in your inspection schedule). You need to inspect very regularly, as there is less space for the hive to grow into and therefore swarming is more likely. I do full inspections weekly for queen cells and space starting in mid-April through to early September, and spot-check for space once or twice between full inspections from April to July. I have a very small apiary (I'm a hobbyist, not a pro), so the extra work this entails is not a burden, and rather, I chose this method as it was a better opportunity to learn about bees and bee management.
A couple of Canadian beekeeps who run singles have good youtube videos on single brood management. They're all pro's, so their info and experience is superior to mine...plus you can get a feel of how to manage singles on a larger scale:
Grey Goose: Linden Apiary was established in 1852 by my Great great Grandfather, C.F.Diehnelt near Milwaukee. So "We" , our family, have been keeping bees in single deeps since they where invented( or close to it).
Crazy Roland, Linden Apiary
It was mentioned earlier in the thread it’s easier down south but all I’ve seen is people up north doing it. I’d like to try it but seems difficult. Here in south Texas we do get cold temps but they don’t last long so it seems we would have to feed a lot more as the bees would be much more active. Seems more practical up north.
No shed. Outdoors, with a "winter wrap" and mouse guard. For the last half of the last century, we used "winter caves". They where plaster lathe and tar paper shelters that surrounded paired hives, with space for straw around, between and over the hives. They attracted ALOT of vermin. The current winter wraps are less mess and faster.
I am in south and technically I don't use single deep but yes, we can safely winter in 1 deep. I like yo winter them in 2 mediums. But even a single box 5-frame nuc survives in our part till Feb and then you have to feed them to save them. Just my 2 cents.
I think these Canadians know what they’re doing.
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