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yardener
Greenfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

February 22, 2012
4:26 AM

Post #9015517

Getting my first hive this year and the beginner kit came with 2 shallow supers. The local old timers around here all use deep boxes for their brood chambers. I've read both can be used.
What should I do? Order deep boxes to start my hive or stick with the shallows?
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 22, 2012
7:18 AM

Post #9015679

One thing to think about is weight. A deep full of honey will weigh upwards of 100 pounds. Do you want to be lifting that much? Also consider using only one size super for all of your needs. If you have deeps on the bottom, the frames are not compatible with mediums up above etc.

If you haven't already read Michael Bushs' web site, I cannot recommend it enough for insight and information.

http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

After reading this material and taking a class locally from a wise beek, we went with all mediums
(also called Illinois supers)

I also recommend you watch this video for some great ideas on organic beekeeping.
http://www.amazon.com/Organic-Beekeeping-101-DVD/dp/B004BORPGI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1329923798&sr=8-4
Ray4852
Arcade, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 22, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #9015815

You can use your two shallow supers for your honey boxes. Your going to need 2 brood boxes on the bottom for the queen to lay eggs and the bees to store their honey. I use two deeps 10 frame and mediums for honey supers. This spring I might try 3 deeps for brood. its getting to expensive to feed bees sugar water.
Janetsfolly
Lexington, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 31, 2012
6:28 AM

Post #9064128

Begoniacrazii, thank you thank you for these links! There's so much to learn and so many different approaches...I know I'll find my niche if I keep listening to the BeeKee community :).

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