Thanks for all the replies. I haven’t made up my mind up yet, was going to go double brood box this year then I had a change of plan.
That’s your swarm prevention management I assume @skeggley? Giving more space, and those outside frames will be mostly honey?
If I go ahead this spring, I’m hoping that will prevent swarming for this year with all the extra space, but I still need a plan for the following years. Where I am it is difficult to sell nucs so I really need cunning plan to prevent swarms… and three is the limit of hives I’ll keep.
Primarily, not having to feed in dearth or winters, and more options with swarm management Pete. I’m a backyard beekeeper, welfare of the bees is in a way more important for me than the honey harvest.
At the moment just the two Fred. But yes I probably could do one above and one below.