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willebanks
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« on: May 05, 2009, 01:26:11 PM »

Hi all,

I was recently in Washington State and spoke with a beekeeper out there. As we went into his hives I noticed that he was using 9 frames in a Langstroth hive. Upon closer inspection I saw that the hive was much cleaner than my 10 frame. I've looked every where for the spacing dimension so I could make a cheater to help with the spacing.

I've seen tools for sale but at $20 each, I bet I can make something better for less...and if the 9 frame idea doesn't fly with my Connecticut be i'm out nothing but time! Anyone here got a tip or hint. Even a push in the right direction would be helpful.

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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009, 01:47:14 PM »

http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/frame-spacing-tool/
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2009, 11:02:09 PM »

robo tells it all there, here's where I get them

https://products.kelleybees.com/wtkprod/default.aspx
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009, 11:25:13 PM »

How does a 9 frame hive help keep a cleaner hive than a 10 frame??
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2009, 06:18:29 PM »

just use your thumb or finger as a space between each frame.  you dont have to make or buy it and i hope you dont loose it.
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2009, 07:23:26 PM »

In my experience nine frames in a ten frame box results in less brood that can be covered, more uneven comb which causes more rolling of bees, and larger cell size.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfaqs.htm#framespacing
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesframewidth.htm
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