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Offline tigerfankk

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2 Deeps or 1 Deep for Brood? Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana
« on: October 11, 2006, 01:56:20 PM »
2 Deeps or 1 Deep for Brood?
I'm near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Any recommendations.  Thanks

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2 Deeps or 1 Deep for Brood? Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2006, 02:25:47 PM »
do you guys even have a winter?  :D

i was down there this time last year, and it was over 90 degrees.  we'd already had frost here....they set up shower head on the end of garden hoses for us and cold showers never felt so good!!
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2006, 02:32:48 PM »
the winters are usually mild.  only a few days(maybe a weeks worth) are below freezing. Sometimes a hard freeze of 25ish or so. I definately would not like living up north, too cold, unless I'm skiing! I like being warm!
Are 2 deeps usually recommended for the North?

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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2006, 03:05:03 PM »
that's what was recommended to me.  i have been trying to figure out how to do that before we freeze up good.
.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville

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2 Deeps or 1 Deep for Brood? Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2006, 07:46:56 PM »
>Are 2 deeps usually recommended for the North?

Yes.

I'd guess you can feed most of the winter if you need to.  I would think one deep would do you but more wouldn't hurt and might give them more room to build up in the spring.
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2 Deeps or 1 Deep for Brood? Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2006, 07:52:12 PM »
Does it depend on how big the hive is on how many deeps it takes to over winter them? If so whats the general rule? :?:

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Re: 2 Deeps or 1 Deep for Brood? Location Baton Rouge, Louis
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2006, 10:18:51 PM »
Quote from: tigerfankk
2 Deeps or 1 Deep for Brood?
I'm near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Any recommendations.  Thanks


I'm in North Louisiana, and I run with one deep.
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2 Deeps or 1 Deep for Brood? Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2006, 11:11:16 PM »
I use in summer 3 deeps for brood and no exluder.

In winter they have 1 or 2 deeps.  I try to get 2 deeps for winter. Big hive gets early yield.

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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2006, 11:51:17 PM »
Mine are in a field, near the edge of the woods; last winter most had 1 deep brood and 1 med for honey stores, and sailed thru winter beautifully.

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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2006, 12:05:53 AM »
a single deep should be fine as long as they have plenty honey stored,
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2006, 09:16:14 AM »
Thanks for the replies.  Wintering with 1 deep and 1 med super should be fine.  My main concern is should I use 2 Deeps or 1 Deep anytime.  Through spring and summer is 1 Deep sufficient or should I use 2 Deeps?

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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2006, 12:40:24 PM »
It depends how much you have bees in colony.

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« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2006, 07:09:19 AM »
How about all mediums and NO deeps. :)

If by the number of deeps you are limiting the brood nest (in other words you're using an excluder) then I'd go for two.  A good queen often can have brood in several boxes.
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