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Contemplating conversion from FD to 3/4


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@DuncanCook , throughout this forum are various thread describing how to know how much gear to buy, and unless you have already wildly over-invested, I would suggest you will be getting more gear soon. You do realise the hives, as well as the bees breed don't you?

I am seriously considering cutting my FD boxes down, and am contemplating cutting down the frames that are less than 2 years old. Has anyone done this? Any feedback/cautions please?

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@DuncanCook , throughout this forum are various thread describing how to know how much gear to buy, and unless you have already wildly over-invested, I would suggest you will be getting more gear soon. You do realise the hives, as well as the bees breed don't you?

I am seriously considering cutting my FD boxes down, and am contemplating cutting down the frames that are less than 2 years old. Has anyone done this? Any feedback/cautions please?

Yes, I do it all the time. I am in the process of converting to 3/4. It is not difficult. just time consuming

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It can get messy if there is honey in the comb

It's simple to get the bees to do the work for you. Like removing the honey from the frames in a FD box you are improving to be 3/4 size.

Check page 10 of "Easy Bee keeping" in Resources.

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I don't anticipate too much trouble with the boxes, I bought 10 FD boxes complete with frames so 100 plastic frames to replace or convert. I tried a little experiment today, cut 55mm from the bottom of a frame and then glued the bottom section back on with silicone mastic which is inert once cured so should be ok.

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A small caution. I have been experimenting with some different set ups and the only one that I haven't got on top of is 3/4 with 3/4 brood boxes. It was the only configuration that got away on me and swarmed. FD and 3/4 supers are standard but limiting if, like this year, there is a stop-start flow. You have to rely on the bees to empty the brood box of nectar to allow the queen to continue laying. With FD supers the BK can lift the frames and replace with empties from the hive. us mortals can unpack a 38kg super rather than going the full ACC.

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