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« on: May 19, 2005, 08:07:47 PM »

my deep body is feeling up. so should i put another deep body on the deep. it will have new foundation in it. or should i put a medium on the deep body.
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2005, 08:22:12 PM »

Your choice really. I use two deep brood boxes, then I start on the mediums. I do have some small honey boxes, but haven't used them yet. Bought them late last year, and it hasn't been time to use them.

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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2005, 08:40:57 PM »

You're in MI Lee, stick with the 2 deeps, you'll probably want 2 deeps on if you're going to winter them.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2005, 10:24:15 PM »

if i put on 2 deeps now. next spring can i take 1 of the deeps and put a queen in it to start a new hive. thinks
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2005, 09:14:44 AM »

I say cut all the deeps down and use all mediums.  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2005, 10:04:11 AM »

Only little girls and people with bad backs use all mediums...  cheesy

I like standardized equipment as well, but choose to use all deeps.  Do what you feel comfortable with.
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2005, 10:57:44 AM »

If you choose to go to all mediums (good idea imo) 3 mediums equals two deeps for a brood nest in northern climates like yours (and mine)! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2005, 11:03:32 AM »

>Only little girls and people with bad backs use all mediums...  

I'd like to see a little girl lift a 60 pound full medium.  Smiley

I'm tired of the 10 frame mediums now and am only buying 8 frame mediums.  I must really be a little girl.  I really think the issue is gravity.  It has been steadly increasing.  It is now to the point that a full 8 frame medium weighs what a full deep weighed back in 1974.  I don't understand why the scientists aren't investigating this.  I can't be the only one who has noticed this. Wink
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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2005, 11:07:27 AM »

Truth to tell, I'd like to see Phoenix lift a 100lb deep. I have no doubt he could do it, I'd just like to see the pretty colour in his face. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2005, 11:07:36 AM »

I've noticed it MB.  Not only that, but I'm shorter!!  It must be gravity!!   Dang that Newton!!!
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2005, 09:32:23 AM »

a 100 lb. i would have to get a hi lo i have a long way a carry then. Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2005, 09:41:43 PM »

Well, I'm a little girl WITH a bad back  cheesy and my deeps have 11 frames!  What do you big burly guys think this all means?!?!
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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2005, 01:15:08 AM »

It means you pull frames one at a time?Huh
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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2005, 05:46:01 PM »

SherryL, I think it means that you're one little girl (with a bad back) that those burly men wouldn't want to mess with. Smiley

Personally, I can lift a full box, and carry it a ways - but it's tough. Much easier if it's mostly brood, almost too hard for me when it's honey. I'm semi young and in pretty good shape. A full super is heavy - no two ways about it.

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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2005, 06:05:57 PM »

I use deeps for my brood and supers for my hoeny, just doing it the reg. way. Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2005, 09:59:39 PM »

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I use deeps for my brood and supers for my hoeny, just doing it the reg. way. Cheesy


So am I, for the time being. Since I don't move the deeps around much, it 's isn't an issue. But I see a day when Michael's way will be an issue. I won't always be a young (sort of) fit woman...
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« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2005, 12:36:28 AM »

Well if I ever grow big some day that is what hired help is for, lol Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2005, 12:48:59 AM »

I vote for mediums.  I have one hive in a deep and two in mediums.  I love how easy it is to manipulate the frames in the mediums as compared to the deep frames.  My back appreciates my choice to go to mediums very much.

53 years and counting.  Gravity does play a role.  If Newton was around today I'd slap him one!

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« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2005, 02:43:58 PM »

Sometime around 25-30 years ago Gleanings in Bee Culture published an article advocating the use of all-medium (6-5/8") supers. Of course, I was much younger and in better physical form then, but hefting around those 90+ lb deep supers was still an unwanted chore. I adopted the all-medium way of life.

Presently, among all my hives I am using only 3 deeps. Those are just for my pleasure (to play with, because they are different than mediums). I also have adopted small-cell because it sounded fun and purposeful. I was initially using all-wax small-cell with horizontal wires, but began using the plastic base small-cell as soon as it became available. I like it especially, because sometimes I forget and leave equipment idle too long and wax moths turn all-wax comb/foundation into empty frames and comb/plastic foundation just reverts back to plastic foundation.

I like using 3 mediums for the brood chamber(s) and mediums, as necessary, for honey supers. All the frames are interchangeable, even those in the honey supers. This can be very convenient whenever any manipulations may be necessary. Good for creating nucs too.

The small-cell plastic foundation presently is only available in full-depth size. It can be cut in half through the horizontal plane and used like this:


I have heard that "Dadant" is thinking of discontinuing supplying this product. This is making me sad   Sad

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« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2005, 03:50:32 PM »

What's the purpose for the slatted side racks in those boxes Joseph?  If it's just to take up the dead space after trimming down the end bars, why not throw another frame in that box?  Once the end bars are cut down to 1-1/4" from 1-3/8" you've got room for another frame.

If not to just take up the dead space, I'm curioius as to the advantage of the side rack.
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