Need Bees Removed?
International
Beekeeping Forums
July 22, 2014, 04:25:57 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: ATTENTION ALL NEW MEMBERS
PLEASE READ THIS OR YOUR ACCOUNT MAY BE DELETED - CLICK HERE
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar bee removal Login Register Chat  

Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: When Would You Have 3 Deep Brood Boxes?  (Read 1031 times)
sarafina
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 339


Location: Houston, TX


« on: July 01, 2009, 02:12:03 PM »

One-year beekeeper here still learning......

I have seen pictures of hives with more than 2 deep brood boxes and wondered if anybody here had more than 2 and if so - why?

Logged
c10250
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 203

Location: North Central Illinois


« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2009, 02:27:28 PM »

I have three.  I'm using the top one as a honey super.
Logged
sarafina
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 339


Location: Houston, TX


« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009, 02:38:47 PM »

Is that always the case when I see more than 2 deeps?  The ones above the 2 deeps are really honey supers?

Would you ever want to run 3 deeps if the bees got crowded and you didn't want to make a split?
Logged
Hethen57
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 420


Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho


« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2009, 02:55:29 PM »

I've heard of Beeks doing it, but the practical limitation is the height of the stack.  3 deeps of brood would contain and produce alot of bees, which would theoretically make alot of honey, which would require a fairly tall stack of supers.  It would be a very strong hive, but a chore to inspect and work.
Logged

-Mike
kathyp
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 15023


Location: boring, oregon


« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2009, 04:45:56 PM »

i have done it, but the hight is an issue.  i didn't want to split the hive.  don't remember why.  maybe it was getting late. 

anyway, there is nothing wrong with it and you can cram them down in the fall.  if it's early enough and you want to, you can make a split.  some hives just explode and you have to make choices about how to manage them.
Logged

.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
Tucker1
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 314


Location: Pullman, Washington

"The Morning Breaks, The Shadows Flee.....


« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2009, 07:11:28 PM »

I have a hive with three brood boxes and three supers right now.  It's a pain to work and one of the brood boxes is really a partial honey super (A heavy one).  It's difficult to work. I kinda backed into the situation that I have, trying to avoid a swarm and having problems with the girls not wanting to moving into my supers.  It's a long story.  I'll need to fix it this fall. The one up side to it is that the hive is very strong and hasn't swarmed.  If I was 6" tall working the hive would be easier. I'll avoid this next year, that's for sure.

Regards
Tucker
Logged

He who would gather honey must bear the sting of the bees.
doak
Super Bee
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1788

Location: Central Ga. 35 miles north of Macon


« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2009, 07:30:25 PM »

It is berry, berry hard to "muscle" out 90+ pounds.
Even for a macho Rambo.
Height and weight  tell me not to go that route.
Hard enough for me on the medium super when they get high.
Year before last I had one that was 3 deep and 4 medium high.
The 4 mediums and one deep was honey.
I put the 3rd deep on anticipating the movement of queen to the deep.
She did and then went back down and the bees back filled with pure honey, no pollen.
That was the year I collected over six hundred pounds of honey from 12 colonies.
Then lost 7 out of the 12 that fall and spring. Guess I worked the poor gals to death. :roll:doak
Logged
wetland bee
New Bee
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 43


Location: East Berlin PA, USA


« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2009, 07:44:51 PM »

I run all deeps. Most hives our 4 high by the end of season mid July. This works well for the person that is expanding. all frames our always the same size.My extractor holds 10 deep frames.
Logged

Russ
1of6
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 196


Location: Pennsylvania

Always learning...


« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2009, 09:58:30 AM »

I've tried running some in 3 deep with mixed results.  In the years that I've tried it, it seemed like a boomer colony like this really needed a lot of overhead in the way of resources to support that big of a colony, and it seemed like my 2-deeps outproduced my 3-deeps.  I know this goes against common logic, but it's what I saw when I tried it.  3-deeps are great for pulling splits from, and it's nice not having to go down into that bottom brood box.  In my case, the 3rd deep gets backfilled during the summer if you don't rotate empty comb into it too.

Try it if you'd like and compare results with your 2-deeps.  Results with this approach will vary depending on many factors including location, type of bees that you have, forage availability & weather, amount of time that you have to invest on management, temperament of bees, hive ventilation techniques, alignment of the planets, whether or not you paid your taxes on time, etc. 

See how it works for you and let everyone here know what your results were.
Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Beemaster's Beekeeping Ring
Previous | Home | Join | Random | Next
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines | Sitemap Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.159 seconds with 21 queries.

Google visited last this page July 11, 2014, 05:49:51 AM