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Offline Joseph Clemens

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Offline fuzzybeekeeper

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Slatted Racks
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2005, 12:58:18 PM »
Beautiful construction.

But....

.....what is the purpose of the slatted racks?  Ventilation?  Ease of movement for bees?  You still have 10 frames in the box.  Wouldn't it be about the same if you do like Michael and shave a little off each frame and put 11 frames in and have more brood space?

Just a country boy scratching his noggin at the purpose of the extra work.

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Offline Joseph Clemens

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Slatted Racks bottom and sides
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2005, 03:23:08 PM »
It seems to be very similar indeed;

In the slatted rack setup I use:  10 frames of 1-1/4" spacing are used with small-cell (similar to what MB does), this provides 20 comb surfaces. With side racks the bees will regularly use the outside comb surfaces for brood. Without side racks the bees seldom use the outside comb surfaces for anything but honey and pollen. So we have the extra ventilation afforded by the racks, extra space for the bees to allow them to stay out of the congested brood nest, and a little less weight (one less frame and comb).

11 frames without slatted side racks (22 comb surfaces, the outer two seldom if ever used for brood) = 20 comb surfaces for brood.

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Offline Phoenix

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Slatted Racks
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2005, 10:45:35 PM »
Plus two for honey and pollen... :D

Offline Joseph Clemens

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Honey and Pollen in Brood Nest
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2005, 11:03:41 PM »
My bees put some honey and pollen on almost every frame in the brood nest,

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Beekeeping since 1964
10+ years in Tucson, Arizona
12+ hives and 15+ nucs
No chemicals -- no treatments of any kind, EVER.