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I just started with a new package of bees in the middle of April at a new hive location. My frames were 80% drawn and I wanted to add another super. I thought I had a deep at the location but I just had a medium which I added. I am hoping to add another deep as soon as the medium is 80% drawn out. Will this be a problem? Should I move the medium to the top when I add the next deep. Let me all know what you think.

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I would go ahead and put deep on top of other deep. Do u have stores in medium? They may draw out the second deep faster if u can take the medium off and put it on another built up hive. They will only work but so much foundation and they may continue with the medium even if u put another deep between the brood chamber and medium.
 

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I use single deeps as brood chamber with excluder on top and medium supers above that. I haven't had a problem with single deeps for brood. I just keep check on supers and make sure they have room to put stores in supers.
 

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My thought is you put the medium on too soon - I want all frames drawn and bees actively using 90% of the frames before I put on a new box.

Is your ultimate intent to have 2 deeps and a medium? If so then it really doesn't matter where the medium goes. If you plan to have 2 deeps and that's it (except for honey supers) if there is no brood in the medium take it off, if there is brood shake the bees off, put a queen excluder on and pull it once all the brood has hatched.

What is the typical configuration for your area?
 

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I plan to have 2 deeps and a medium but I usually add a second deep but didn't have it handy. I just put the medium on on Sunday. I don't use queen excluders but I'm thinking I might want to replace the medium with a deep if I don't find any brood as you said.

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