How to add full depth langstroth frames into a layens horizon hive

Hi all,
I’m wondering if anyone could please give me some guidance as to how to add full depth langstroth frames into a layens horizon? I’m new to beekeeping and also have a flowhive but I’m unsure how to establish my new layens.

I’ve read that I could cut the langstroth down the side to fit into layens and screw into place but in practice I’m a little hesitant with this (see attached). Thanks in advance for any advice I appreciate it. Thanks


Hi & welcome to the forum.
I’m not sure what you’re trying to achieve. Would it be possible to drill holes in the side bars of the layens frame?, then wire up & fit foundation to the wires.

Hi Jeff,

Sorry I was a bit vague. I’m basically trying to starting off my layens horizontal hive with a nucleus/split colony that I have bought. But the issue is the nucleus frames are full depth langstroth, so too wide but not deep enough for the layens.

I’m trying to work out how best to add these frames with the least amount of effort and chance of success for the new colony to succeed. The picture I attached was an example that I found but I’m not sure if this is best. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with fitting different size nucleus frames to a new hive? Thanks for you time with this.

I’m just thinking, you could probably cut both side bars off the Lang frame, as well as the bottom bar, so that you are fitting only comb plus the portion of top bar under the layen top bar. I’m wondering if you’d be anticipating the bees to draw the bottom part of the comb themselves.

By cutting both side bars off, you can choose the best part of the frame to insert into the layens frame.

Anyway you’ll probably have 5 frames to fit, so you can experiment with the first one.