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Author Topic: Brood Frame Clairifcation?  (Read 558 times)
L Daxon
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« on: May 23, 2011, 10:34:30 AM »

When beekeeps refer to 4 frames of brood, do you mean 4 frames with brood on both sides, or does a frame of brood refer to one side of a frame having brood on it.

Not a big deal but occasionally you read about performing a certain function when you have X number of frames of brood, or someone bought a nuc with 3 frames of brood, or someone will describe a hive inspection where they saw X number of frames of brood and I was just wondering if that meant there were brood on one or both sides of the frame.


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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2011, 10:40:08 AM »

Simply means there is brood, some possibly capped on one or two sides of a frame. Eggs, larvae, pupae equals brood.


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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2011, 11:27:53 AM »

I would say it means a frame with a significant amount of brood on it.  It would have to be more than just a few cells with eggs, larvae, or capped brood.  If half of all cells on both sides are brood, that would definitely qualify. 

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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2011, 03:49:12 PM »

Anything less than brood on both sides of a frame is considered a partial frame of brood.  So brood on one side of frame is partial, brood on both sides of the frame is a full frame of brood, generally speaking.  Adding the partial and full frames of brood within a hive will give you the total brood frames in a hive. 

A hive containing 3 frames with brood on both sides and 1 frame with brood only on one side would be described as having 3 1/2 frames of broods.  A hive having 3 frames with brood on both sides and 2 frames having brood on only one side would be described as having 4 frames of brood.

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