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  1. #1
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    Default Switching from deeps to medium: what to do with old deep and frames

    I have two hives that I have been moving toward using mediums. The queens are up in the medium with a queen excluder between the deep and medium. The old deep super has duragilt foundation which I don't want to continue with.

    1. How do I decommission the old deep? After any brood in them hatch out, will the bees fill the comb back up with honey/stores?
    2. Should I cut the duragilt to medium frame size and keep any honey stores for this winter? Both of these are from spring swarms caught this spring. I am heading toward foundationless....already using in the mediums.
    3. I have a new top entrance (shimmed migratory top) but I have been hesitant to close off the lower entrance (half-open). So the bees are all going in the bottom through the old brood super, up through the excluder, to get to the mediums. Is it harmful to close off the bottom entrance? Should I leave a small (3/8") opening in the lower for any drones?
    4. It seems if I can get the bees to use the upper entrance I will have a lot fewer bees in the old deep..is that so?
    Do I shake/brush the bees off the frames of the deep when doing the removal or do I use some kind of bee escape?

    Thanks, Jim

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    Default Re: Switching from deeps to medium: what to do with old deep and frames

    Why rush it? Just throw three or four mediums on top of the deep, overwinter, and next spring the deep will be empty.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
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    Default Re: Switching from deeps to medium: what to do with old deep and frames

    I suppose you could take the old deeps, saw the right amount off the bottoms, and make them into mediums. The deep frames could be taken apart, new shorter sides put on, and made into mediums. Then again you may be able to trade with someone local for all medium stuff.

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    Default Re: Switching from deeps to medium: what to do with old deep and frames

    You could uncap them and leave them out in the open to be robbed out. You'd be risking the home hive being robbed out, but you could drastically reduce the entrance for a few days to cut down on that.

    Cutting down the boxes to medium size is a good idea, but cutting down the frames is a bit harder. I've been slowly selling my deep frames as nucs. It's going to take a while, I've got 600 or more.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
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    Default Re: Switching from deeps to medium: what to do with old deep and frames

    Jimbe,

    Come up with a queen, and sell her with the deep ....
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: Switching from deeps to medium: what to do with old deep and frames

    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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