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hello all, in my rookie season here and learning everything the hard way as usual. I'm enjoying reading everyone's posts and gleaning info in the process. I'm not sure if I have a problem or not, so here is the situation- started a new hive in late march, 1 deep, after three weeks 8 frames were drawn and added a medium, first week in may added another medium, late may added another deep on top of original deep. mid June added another medium and when drawn added another in early July. Now I have 5 mediums and two deeps and everything is full. Even the last medium is nearly capped and the stack is full of bees top to bottom. Everything I read said not to expect honey in first year so I'm unprepared for harvesting, just wanted to have a lot of bees. Mission accomplished apparently. My question is whether I should leave the honey in place for overwintering a large colony or split this late in the summer? Or do I get a ladder and keep stacking?