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  1. #1
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    Default Mediums vs. deeps for hive bodies and package size?

    I am going to start my 2nd year of beekeeping this Spring. Had a awesome 250 pounds of honey year last summer, just from 2 hives. Now I want to start up 2 more hives and I am considering using all mediums for the next 2 hives that I will be adding to my beeyard this Spring. I would like to compare and see the differences but i don't want to go the all medium route if it is not advised by others, especially since I had such great results with my 2 deep brood set up last year. I am a 35 year old young buck that is capable of lifting the deeps, but don't need to bust my back to prove it! I read a bunch about the pros and cons of deeps vs. mediums. It seems mostly like personal opinion. Just a few unanswered question I have are......
    1. Does 3 medium(10 frame) hive bodies equal 2 deeps(10 frame) for brood boxes?
    2. What size package of bees should I purchase(2 or 3 pound) if I end up going the 3 medium brood route?
    3. Are there any "common" problems beekeepers have had by using the 3 medium set up?
    4. When installing a 2 or 3 pound package of bees into a 3 medium set up, how many mediums do you start with at the time of install?
    Feel free to answer any or all, thanks, juzzerbee.

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    Default Re: Mediums vs. deeps for hive bodies and package size?

    1. yes
    2. 3 pounds or two 2 pounds
    3. Have extra money to spend on other toys.
    4. one medium, unless you go with 2 two pound packages combined
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    Default Re: Mediums vs. deeps for hive bodies and package size?

    >1. Does 3 medium(10 frame) hive bodies equal 2 deeps(10 frame) for brood boxes?

    Yes.

    >2. What size package of bees should I purchase(2 or 3 pound) if I end up going the 3 medium brood route?

    Either works. If you expect much loss from shipping (and if they are going through the US mail I would expect loss), I'd go with 3 pounds.

    >3. Are there any "common" problems beekeepers have had by using the 3 medium set up?

    They don't get to know their chiropractor as well as they might otherwise...

    >4. When installing a 2 or 3 pound package of bees into a 3 medium set up, how many mediums do you start with at the time of install?

    One. A half of one is even better...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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