One thing to remember with all meds is that you need to keep your honey supers separate from your brood supers if you medicate your bees. I don't think anyone has brought that point up yet.
1 - Deeps are the norm for brood. That means buyers and sellers are usually in deeps - and that means a compatibility issue somewhere.2 - I do believe that bees are going to do a little better with that larger comb in the brood area - more honey/pollen and brood space per comb. Not a huge issue - but a consideration.3 - I have 11 deep boxes piled up outside which I came upon easily through other beekeepers, and I see deeps more commonly than others. And that ties to cost. I can get a lot more bee space for my money. And money is tight.
In a 10 frame box - interior dimension is 14 3/4 or 1 inch over 10 x 1 3/8. In a 8 frame box of "standard size" - interior dimension is 12 1/4 or 1 1/4 inch over 8 x 1 3/8....Especially since the 1 inch in 10 frame boxes is distributed over 11 spacings and in 8 frame the 1 1/4 only over 9.
If you use follower boards... how should they be cut to fit in the hive if you want to make them yourself?Do you want to prevent the bees access to the opposite side of the follower board between it and the hive body?John
Quote from: Poppi on November 28, 2011, 05:36:38 PMIf you use follower boards... how should they be cut to fit in the hive if you want to make them yourself?Do you want to prevent the bees access to the opposite side of the follower board between it and the hive body?JohnWe try to make the follower impassable, but you never do it perfectly. We have screened bottoms which flex as bit, so a few bees can always get through. But the bees seem to treat the space on the far side of the follower as "outside" the hive. They dump dead bee carcasses there. I think that's fine. You just don't want them to start drawing comb on the wrong side of the follower. We haven't seen that yet.