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New Beek starting with all new hives; Pkg bees; foundation; etc... I read an article where new Packages of bees will do better drawing comb on new frames if they are restricted in a smaller brood box or even a 5 frame Nuc. What I am wondering is whether I can partition off half of a 10 frame deep, install the new package into the 5 frame half, and then keep moving the partition over and adding another frame so they slowly build out all 10 frames? Or just install the Package into the 10 frame deep and not try to be smarter than the bees? Thanks
 

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Yes you can partition. Usually called a division board, it is just a board that is cut to fit in your frame rest and extends to the bottom of the box. If you are handy with tools its easy to make your own from a scrap of plywood. Sometimes I'll take up space with double wide frame feeders to make a six frame nuc. Since you are starting with a package, you need to feed the girls syrup anyways, may as well use a frame feeder until they get going. 2" polystyrene inserts cut to fit snug in the box also works.
 

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Michael Palmer uses hives you describe on a regular basis. Here is a commercially available setup that may be of interst to you. HTH :)
 

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Yes you can partition. Usually called a division board, it is just a board that is cut to fit in your frame rest and extends to the bottom of the box. If you are handy with tools its easy to make your own from a scrap of plywood. Sometimes I'll take up space with double wide frame feeders to make a six frame nuc. Since you are starting with a package, you need to feed the girls syrup anyways, may as well use a frame feeder until they get going. 2" polystyrene inserts cut to fit snug in the box also works.
do the bees chew through the styrofoam ?
 

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Michael Palmer uses hives you describe on a regular basis. Here is a commercially available setup that may be of interst to you. HTH :)
Here is one I made on the saw. Note the divider is locked on center in this arrangement. Making the "follower board" the exact dimensions of the inside will create the division the OP is looking for. Homemade resource hive body.jpg
 

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What I am wondering is whether I can partition off half of a 10 frame deep, install the new package into the 5 frame half, and then keep moving the partition over and adding another frame so they slowly build out all 10 frames?
Another approach is to install a number of dummy frames to fill the unwanted space, rather than employ a partition board. The same frames can then be used to dummy-down a brood box (say, from 10 to 8) for over-wintering - if you should ever want to do that. :)
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I don't want to hijack the thread but I was looking to do kind of the same thing as I will be starting out with 2 five Frame Nucs this year and would rather not use all 10 frames to start.
I was thinking 8 frames would work to start and down the road, you can add the 2 frames back if you had to.
Thank you for the suggestions.
Dummy Frame idea sounds interesting, maybe out of 1/4 ply ?

I may play around with some Resource hives next year if I end up sticking with it.
 

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JNC Apiary - my intent was to build a “false wall” to restrict the bees from building burr comb in the open spaces and also to encourage filling out all the new comb better on fewer frames. If you leave too much space they will fill it with stuff you don’t want (I believe).
 

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Michael Palmer uses hives you describe on a regular basis. Here is a commercially available setup that may be of interst to you. HTH :)
Dadant's also sells a resource hive set up like the one in your link.
 

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If you watch the video don't forget to put something on the frame rest if you are using one box for two colonies. The queens cannot be allowed to get to each other.
 

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I think using a division board is the route I may take.
I guess you could use a follower board as well.
Thanks everyone.
 
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