[QUOTE=mike bispham;1097273 I keep entrances small and hives dryish, and don't use foundation - just starter strip.
I can't help thinking the free celling might be making a difference.
Same here, using 4.9mm starter strips. Usually cutting full sheets of deep into 4ths. I recently started wiring the frames, especially those 3rd and 4th boxes for extraction purposes.
Do you practice using the housel positioning of the foundation when placing the frames?
And WLC, just to clarify, I do have some single and double deeps that overwintered, from last year's splits and swarms, but they have not built up like the 3-4 deeps did this spring. I am trying to build up "honey production hives" at least 3 deep going into the following winter. It just seems they cope better with weather, pests and other variables. Thank you for the replies and good luck to everyone this Spring.
Mike in N. Tx