- Mar 30, 2011
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- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
- Too many - but not nearly enough
need a valid reason to have twelve in the first place (which you haven't demonstrated yet)why not 12? they certainly fit, yes it maybe tight and hard to get them out.
But I use 12 and I'm in no hurry to use a dummy board it creates places for nasties from what I've seen. Need a valid reason for not using 12? Hoffman in brood box.
1. You almost have to hammer the frames in place, and that's new, clean frames - wait until the bees have mucked around with them, increased their width and glued them all together
2. Tightly packed and propolised frames are a PITA to remove, you have to lever them upwards and risk breaking the lugs - I remember on a bee farm once, where Langstroths were used (notorious for being tightly packed even with the correct number of frames) some of the frames had not been constructed properly , in all fairnes he was building up his stocks by buying up other beekeeper/farmers and often, nails were in the wrong place. more than once I saw the top bar parting companywith the rest of the frame, which was still tightly wedged in the broodbox
3. having to force the tightly packed frame out can disturb the bees and wind them up, meaning irate and agressive bees early on in the inspection
4. Lifting frames straight out of a tightly packed box can 'roll' the bees (see point 3)
5. more of a chance of killing the queen
6. By only running a 11 frame box with dummy board, at the beginning of the inspection you can move the dummy board back into the void space before removing it, meaning less disturbance, each frame can then be gently levered/pushed out into the extra space fefore lifting out. FAr less disrturbance to the bees, far less chance of damaging the queen, har less chance of breaking frames.