Honey Bound Deeps
My first hive seems to be doing well. When I installed my 3# package in April, I had purchased three deeps as a (sort of) start up kit, except I bought some sort of new brand of boxes that I assembled myself with metal corners. Turns out they don't have those handle grooves that most hive boxes have. In retrospect, I wish I'd gone with mediums, but I'm still figuring it out as I go.
I added the second deep in late May when the bottom deep had 7 frames drawn out. Last week (6/22) I noticed both deeps were pretty full. The bottom deep was filled with mostly honey and the top deep had 4.5 frames of honey and 4.5 frames of brood. There were maybe two frames that had some room left... until Saturday (6/29) when I checked again. After almost giving myself a hernia trying to heft the handle-less boxes around, I decided that I DEFINITELY should have gone with mediums... and those mediums DEFINITELY should have had handles. Trying to grip the slippery metal corners of a FULL deep while pinning it to my chest all while trying not to squish bees was significantly more stressful than it needed to be.
But even though I pulled at least a dozen muscles in my inner thighs, I only had my third deep available to add to the top of my hive. My questions are as follows:
1. The brood seems to be in the box above the honey. Shouldn't the brood be in the bottom or is it common for the queen to move up?
2. People say that you shouldn't add another box until the existing boxes are filled 70% or 80%. What does "filled" mean? Drawn out? Filled with honey? Or does it mean drawn out, filled with honey/brood and COVERED in bees?
If God doesn't want us to eat animals, why did He make them out of meat?
Zone 5b - Utah - Elevation 4,300 ft