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Using all mediums and brood-chamber.

 
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mrspock
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:05 pm    Post subject: Using all mediums and brood-chamber. Reply with quote

I asked a member of the (very traditional) local beekeeping club where I could get nucs in medium frames. Without saying it, he clearly thought I was crazy and grossly misinformed to want to go all-mediums.

I asked him to explain his concerns, and he said this: That by putting the queen in a medium instead of a deep, she would have a smaller space to lay brood in, and once out of space in the bottom super, would need to go to the one above, prematurely interrupting her work, and impacting efficiency of brood laying.

I'd be interested to hear the response of those here.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am purposefully going to use all mediums for everything. I like the ability to be able to interchange everything.

When I received my first hive it was in a regular size brood box and had a small super on it. I realized quickly how much of a problem this was going to be so I built a medium super right away and replaces the small one.

From here on in I will be using mediums for everything.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Idea

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Using all mediums and brood-chamber. Reply with quote

mrspock wrote:
I asked a member of the (very traditional) local beekeeping club where I could get nucs in medium frames.


beingbgreenonline wrote:
I am purposefully going to use all mediums for everything. I like the ability to be able to interchange everything.


This commercial beekeeper in Ireland does just what you both propose based on BS National Hive dimensions ....

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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello
I switched to all mediums last year, for the same reasons already shared. However, this year I did stay with one deep for the brood chamber. I regress bees using Honey Super Cell, and would cut them down into mediums. I just could not bring myself to cut off that excess and throw it in a box anymore. It is too expensive. So I will leave that one deep, and consider it a part of the permanent brood chamber. The two mediums above it will also be for brood, but will leave the deep undisturbed. I do feel that using all mediums is a very good plan.

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Ivan
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like your beekeeping advisor was repeating standard beekeeping doctrine but without much evidence to back up his view... unless of course he has tried and failed to use medium size brood boxes in the past

Yes the queen will have to stop laying for a few moments when she moves from frame to frame but whether this is really a significant interruption in colony build up seems unlikely in the greater scheme of things
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