These castellations are designed to slide into our hive bodies and convert them from 10 frame to 9 frame. They are for use when using our hoffman frames for the honey crop. Hoffman frames should be started with 10 per hive body until the bees have drawn out the comb. At this point remove one of the frames and slide in these castellations. They evenly spread out the frames and allow the bees to draw out the comb deeper. This maximises the honey crop and makes extraction and uncapping easier. It is not essential to use these castellations, the frame spacing can be done by eye or simply leave the original 10 frames in place, but experienced beekeepers prefer the fuller frames which spacing encourages.
Sold as a pair they can be slid into place with the frames still in the box. Start at one end and insert under the first frame, with the raised castellations away from the hive wall, i. E. Nearest the centre of the hive. Lift up each subsequent frame in turn and slide the castellated strip into place. Ensure the strip stays perfectly aligned with the hive wall otherwise it can slip off until the first few frames are in place.
please note these catellations will only work in our hives. They will not work in hives from other manufacturers.
other options which we supply is our 8 frame plastic castellations (pair).