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Offline Michael Bush

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Narrow frames
« on: March 08, 2023, 10:43:07 am »
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We talked about this at Beefest.  Bill was thrilled with the rapid spring buildup.  Since there is less space between the frames the same number of bees can cover a lot more brood.  An extra frame per box doesn't hurt either.  I run 9 frames in all my 8 frame boxes.  When I had 10 frame boxes I ran 11 frames.
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Re: Narrow frames
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2023, 08:41:29 pm »
We talked about this at Beefest.  Bill was thrilled with the rapid spring buildup.  Since there is less space between the frames the same number of bees can cover a lot more brood.  An extra frame per box doesn't hurt either.  I run 9 frames in all my 8 frame boxes.  When I had 10 frame boxes I ran 11 frames.

Interesting idea/ I have read of your post here before where you mentioned this subject. I need to look into this further since you have tried and tested this method, and are happy with it. It deserves a closer look in my opinion..

Phillip






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Re: Narrow frames
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2023, 09:37:45 am »
I admit I did not think it would make such a dramatic difference in Florida where Bill is, but he says it does.  I know it makes a difference in my cold climate with it's unpredictable cold snaps all through the spring.
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Re: Narrow frames
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2023, 09:55:23 am »
I ran them side by side with 10 frames. Its still cold here, although not your cold michael in January when getting them to brood up, and there was a huge increase in the 11 frame hives compared to the 10 frames for early buildup.

 

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