Welcome, Guest

Author Topic: 9 vs 10 frames  (Read 1947 times)

Offline FredBorn

  • New Bee
  • *
  • Posts: 26
9 vs 10 frames
« on: June 07, 2005, 11:35:05 PM »
For a couple of years a used 9 frames in the brood and supers.

Year ago I decided that that wasn't such a good idea - mainly because
with 10 frames in the brood you might get more brood/bees and the bees
didn't always draw out the foundation "correctly" so I switched to
 10 frames.

When I was extracting today, 10 frames per super, I noticed I didn't
get as much honey because the combs where not drawn out as far.

So now I am thinking I should stay with 10 frames in the brood box.

10 frames when I have to use undrawn foundation in the super but with
 drawn foundation  go to 9 in the supers.


Offline Apis629

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 835
  • Gender: Male
    • A Hobbyist's Beekeeping Adventures
9 vs 10 frames
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2005, 11:43:35 PM »
That is actually the way I've heard most people do nine frame hives.  I've heard some great success storys about it so it would probably be a good move.

Offline thegolfpsycho

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 583
9 vs 10 frames
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2005, 12:12:26 AM »
Ten frames to draw wax, 9 frames to store honey.  Less equipment, same amount of honey, easier uncapping.  If it's manageable, drone comb in the supers can be a plus too.  Less wax, easier extracting.  With only a few hives it's doable.  Not good if your mixing boxes all the time.  It really hurts to find you've put a super full of drone comb as your expanded brood nest.

Offline Michael Bush

  • Universal Bee
  • *******
  • Posts: 14944
  • Gender: Male
    • bushfarms.com
9 vs 10 frames
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2005, 11:05:56 AM »
I plane 1/16" off both sides of the end bars and put 11 frames in the brood nest and I use 10 frames in the supers until it's drawn and then 9 in the supers for drawn comb.

At 1 1/4" spacing (11 frames) I get smaller comb and more brood in the brood nest.
Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm en espanol: bushfarms.com/es_bees.htm  auf deutsche: bushfarms.com/de_bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
"Everything works if you let it."--James "Big Boy" Medlin

Offline leominsterbeeman

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 461
  • Gender: Male
    • http://www.leominsterbeeman.com
9 vs 10 frames
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2005, 12:11:16 PM »
I run with 10 frames in the brood box.

When I have drawn comb for the supers, I use 9 frames.

when I place foundation in the honey supers,  I use 10 frames.