Each of your hives must have the same width and length of all its boxes.
|Which is easier to handle?||8-frame will be easier to handle because the weight per box is less. See the chart with the box weight on page 10. However, the 8-frame hives will be taller overall because there will be less frames per box, which means it will require more boxes to be stacked up.|
|What is more natural?||8-frame is more natural. Feral bees in trees typically have taller spaces with less breadth.|
|Which are better utilized by the bees?||Many beekeepers believe the 8-frame hives are better utilized. With 10-frame hives, the outside frames may not be as efficiently used.|
|Which is more expensive?||10-frame boxes cost about the same as 8-frame. With 8-frame, more boxes will be required, which makes the 8-frame hives more expensive overall.|
|Which will winter better?||Likely the 8-frame will winter better. 8-frame better fits the shape of the cluster, and is less likely to leave behind frames of honey on the outside positions. Plus, with 8-frame there is less unused area for the bees to heat.|
|Which is easier for the bees?||When used without an Entrance Reducer, the 8-frame will have a narrower entrance for the bees to protect, making robbing less likely.|