My soon-to-be beekeeping family members and I were discussing installing our 3# package bees which are due to arrive the first week of May.

We have decided to use all mediums and my brother-in-law added a couple of questions that I thought I would seek out some clarification on:

  1. <LI>When installing the bees, how many mediums should they be installed on? 1 or 2?
    <LI>Do the hives need to be checked more frequently when using mediums? (The assumption here is that, given their size, the mediums will get drawn and filled sooner than deeps).
    <LI>If the bees are installed on more than one medium to start, will there be any problems with them being drawn out evenly?
    <LI>As beginners, will it be more difficult for us to work the bees and search out the queen early on if we install them to more than one medium?

I searched the forums and found the following:

From what I read it will be okay to do 1 or 2 to start. Does anyone have anything to add to this?

As for the other questions, your input is greatly appreciated.