Reduced size bee hive frames are often used for mating and
other breeding purposes, this page gives a description of a type of
frame that is one third of the normal width of a British Standard deep
frame that was developed to match the
Constructional details are similar to
Half Width Frames.
The plain sidebars and bottom bars are 9 mm thick, Top
bars on simple frames are 11 mm - 14 mm thick
(whatever is to hand at the particular time of making a batch), the
complex sides and cell space sides are 18 mm thick. The bridge
plates either side of the cell space are 2 mm thick (some bone
shaped lollipop sticks are ideal for this purpose).
All parts are grooved to accept the edge of foundation and
the side bars are drilled for nylon or wire reinforcing. Only 3 holes
are drilled in the complex sides.
In order to overcome the problem of introducing queen cells,
a version with
Cell space was also designed and
is shown at far right.
The drawing at left shows the unusual wiring pattern that is
brought about by the inclusion of the cell space. The foundation to
fit this unusual shape is produced by using a template shaped like the
one at right (the stepped shape is due to the use of some components
shaped as in the wiring drawing).
Originated... May 2000, Revised... October 2001, 10 October 2002