My two hives are doing very well. 2 10 frame deeps and two med supers. I ended up with close to 10 gallons of honey this year but when I robbed them I had 30+ of 40 med frames full and the other were not capped as well as needed in July so I placed them back on the hives.
That lead to having to mediums boxes with full and empty frames and I had excessive bearding so I ended up putting the second medium box back on the hives.
I did a full hive inspection in early August and found I was honey bound in the deeps so I took out 7 deeps from one and 5 from the other and places new foundation. I just dropped the deeps in two boxes and set them on top of the hive till I figured what to do.
I realize a lot of this problem is self induced when I did not check the bottom of the supers where some were not capped. Live and learn
I looked two weeks ago and have about 30+ medium frames full capped and some of the new foundation have not been touched nor was some of the frames I put in the deeps. I am lucky living north of Houston Long season and a couple of subdivisions around me with lots of gardeners. Other than a little break in August they are working on something all the time. I was on the dry side of the storm and got 3.5 inches over 3 days. Every thing is greening up and flowering again.
Sometime in October I need to rob all the mediums but what do you do with the deeps? If the new foundation has not been worked do you drop the deeps back where the new foundation sits? Feed the honey back? Feed sugar water?
Last year I wintered with the two deeps and a Bee Man hive top feeder. What would you do this year? just the two deeps? leave a super on with or without honey?
Exactly how much honey will double deeps need to make it thru the winter?
If you remove the supers what about the excess bees? There is not much of a winter here. We have three or 4 day northers an most of the time the cold day is above 30 and in few days back up to 50's or warmer till the next norther.