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    Question Medium Frames in Deep Super????

    Hey everyone, I was wondering if I can put my medium frames that are currently in my hive into deep supers. I bought nine hives from someone which are in honey supers (1 super only). I want to take away those supers and put the frames in the deep box as I want to paint the honey supers. Will the bees pull down comb towards the bottom of the frame. Will this do any damage to the bees, will it break off. I want all my hives to look alike in deeps. Thank You

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    Default Re: Medium Frames in Deep Super????

    You can paint at least 3 sides with bees in them.
    Buy the ticket, take the ride. -H.S. Thompson

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    Default Re: Medium Frames in Deep Super????

    I am going to pressure wash them too, because they are too sticky with spilled sugar syrp

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    Default Re: Medium Frames in Deep Super????

    I assume you are going to be washing/painting the hives within a day or two. In that short amount of time they could be transferred to the deeps, mediums painted then transferred back without much if any burr comb built of the bottoms of the frames. If they do, just scrape it off and move on. If they build up a whole lot in that time, breed that queen and send me one asap Also, you might want to use a little more smoke than normal. The girls tend to like having clean air before they start doing things like building comb. Just make sure you dont go off and leave the med in the in deep supers for a week or two, you'll have a big mess on your hands.
    Jason Young

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    Default Re: Medium Frames in Deep Super????

    I guess I will do that and quickly move them back ti the medium super. I will wash themnow, paint them tomorrow and then put them back the next day. If I want to switch my bees into a deep with deep frames, should I put a deep on top and keep it on for one Monte then move he medium to the top with a queen.exclude. Will they move to the deep.

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    Default Re: Medium Frames in Deep Super????

    Just set a deep on top. They'll move up when a nectar flow starts and they need more room. Later in the year you can find the queen, make sure she's in the deep box and move the super back on top over an excluder or just let them continue using the super for brood. You're probably going to need more boxes for brood anyway, whether it's two deeps or three supers or a deep and a super. Hope you have enough boxes for your upcoming honey flow!

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    Default Re: Medium Frames in Deep Super????

    I have lots of boxes, but I am just wondering which setup is the best. two deeps or three mediums. Also how many boxes should I keep this coming winter. Thank You

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