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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Platteville, WI

    Default What are the advantages/disadvantages of 3 deeps?

    I was wondering if someone could inform me on the advantages/disadvantages of having a brood area consisting of 3 deeps. Does it increase honey production? Mites? Does it have an impact on wintering? How about swarming? I've also heard that larger bee colonies tend to be more agressive... any truth in that? I'd appreciate any information you may offer.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    syracuse n.y.

    Default Re: What are the advantages/disadvantages of 3 deeps?

    here is a good discussion on three deeps that will answer most of your questions.

    I do three deeps and have never had them be more agressive.
    mike syracuse ny
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Clay Count, Missouri, USA

    Default Re: What are the advantages/disadvantages of 3 deeps?

    My brother-in-law uses three deeps up in Michigan for a two queen setup. I believe he puts a spacer and queen excluders between the top two boxes with a queen above and below. After they build up with bees earlier in the session he removes the separation and the bees merge for a large colony. In his colder climate with less good weather for forage he likes to buildup the colony more quickly. Think you could do the same if using two pieces of screen on either side of a 1" thick square frame.

    To answer your question more directly three deeps used for a two queen system would add the advantage of building up the colony more quickly while allowing the lower portion of the colony to help heat the one above.
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