This past season I used divided deeps with 4 frames on each side of the divider. I put a queen excluder above the single deep.
I understand that a queen that is laying perfectly can fill approximately 8 frames of brood in a continuous cycle.
Now I feel that giving the queen only 4 frames to lay in is hindering my honey production halfway through the honey flow... as by then I would think she has the ability to lay up to 8 frames.
What if I were run the single split boxes until my first honey pull, collect the excess honey then pull the excluder and put another split box above the first thus giving the queen on each side 8 frames to lay in. Put the excluder on top of the second split brood box and allow each queen to lay closer to their full potential.
Would the bees just backfill the second brood box during the flow? or would they fill supers stacked on top of that and allow the queens to lay in this box? How do you think this would affect honey production of these double nucs?
Then after the flow I could move them each into a 10 frame deep which would allow them to fill syrup into the 2 extra frames on the ends as well as backfill the nest and be a full box of bees going into winter.