Beesource Beekeeping Forums banner

1 - 5 of 5 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
How many supers should I have on hand for a 3 super 8 frame medium hive? I'm getting ready to order some more equipment but can't figure how much.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
421 Posts
3-4 for brood box, if you are optimistic 3-4 for honey.
Another complete hive for the split you'll produce or swarm you'll catch.
Having a little extra equipment gives you options and flexibility, if you can afford it sooner instead of "just in time."
 

·
Vendor
Local feral survivors in eight frame medium boxes.
Joined
·
54,108 Posts
>How many supers should I have on hand for a 3 super 8 frame medium hive? I'm getting ready to order some more equipment but can't figure how much

The first year I would have five boxes on hand for each hive. The second year, eight would be a good plan. Which is about what RudyT said... 4 four brood and 4 for honey. You always need a couple of extras for swarms...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
54 Posts
My second year hives last year were stacked 8 high. The first year I only needed 5. This year I have one hive that is doing really well and I am adding the 8th box today. These are 8-frame mediums.

What I did was bought in groups of 5 or 10 (whatever the price break point was). I only assemble what I think I will need but if I misjudge all I have to do is go to the garage and assemble a couple of more. If you misjudge and have to order more from the supplier you are talking about a week or two delay depending on what time of season it is.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
162 Posts
I quickly found out; with bees, you never have enough wood...lol.

I now keep at least one complete hive's boxes ready[5 boxes], no matter how many colonies in my small apiary. I also keep a few 'odd-sized' boxes ready for anything, feeders, stored honey frames, traps[deeps]. So, again, you never have enough wood!
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
Top