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I tried searching but there was nothing directly related to what I wanted to know. So this thread is created to fill that search term and hopefully have smart beeks help me with my question!

Is it possible to use more than 2 hive bodies in a hive setup? If so, what are the pros and cons of doing such a thing?
 

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yes it is possible, more info as to what you are trying to accomplish would be helpful.
 

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Depends on what you're trying to do. If you're planning to run two-queen hives, you'll need more than two hive bodies. Otherwise, two and management seem to work better for me than three. Three work fine during the summer, but three seem to be less successful at surviving winters here than two.
 

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There was no real purpose in mind. I had one hive last year that was booming and due to improper management they swarmed. I was wondering if it's worth it to put another hive body on to help fight swarming/growth.

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Rather than have 3 deeps plus supers why not do a split and have 2 hives? This way you have one to compare against the other. Extremely helpful for learning and can be used as a technique to help prevent a swarm.

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You should also check out checkerboarding.
 
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