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I need to catch up quickly on my knowledge and skills....

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I jumped into bee keeping much faster than I should have and I need to get through the summer (youtube has been my guide along with another beekeeper in his second season) ... I'll be taking courses in the Fall.

My location: Ontario Canada
My setup: I got a hive in the June... 1 brood box... it was healthy and I added a second brood box soon afterwards. This week I added a medium honey super... bees have moved up and are building it out.... My hive is strong/healthy and my brood boxes are loaded with honey...

My objective is only ever to have 1 hive... I want to keep this a small project... is this doable?
Will the queen lay eggs indefinitely as space permits in my brood boxes forcing me to eventually to add a third brood box or possibly be forced to split the hive.? OR can Honey supers provide enough space ... ultimately I want to avoid a swarm... but also don't want to grow my hive ... I'm unclear of the management side of how this works.

When does the queen stop laying eggs if brood boxes are loaded with resources for Winter will the queen naturally stop laying eggs? If the workers have a life cycle of ~36 days... will enough die keeping my hive to a size that can live within my desired size setup? (over the winter I understand workers bees will survive much longer)

Appreciate the guidance... admittedly I should have used better judgement before hand.
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I jumped into bee keeping much faster than I should have and I need to get through the summer

I know the feeling about that jumping in the deep end. I caught a swarm on April 30, and another on May 12 of 2019. I knew I could not leave bees too long in a plastic tote box, so I had to go the next morning on both swarms and buy a new hive to put them in (I now know where to buy hives locally). one hive has two deep brood boxes and one hive has 1 deep brood box and two medium supers for brood, and each has one honey super on top of that.

I have never enjoyed anything so much in my life, well except my experience with Christ. The ladies are just so much fun to just watch, even when I am not breaking into their homes. My bees are feral bees that have lived in a tree in my near (very near) my home since I have lived here. I hope they keep on being treatment free. I do not intend to prevent them from swarming as I have them moved out of town and near quite a lot of woods. That being said I do hope to catch all the swarms that Issue to increase the size of the apiary.

Welcome aboard and ask all the questions that you have. someone on here will have ideas to help you through most of your issues.

Happy Home.
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