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I am getting two NUCs on Saturday to replace my winter losses. I have two deeps of drawn comb with 4 frames of honey. I also have undrawn foundation.

I am struggling with the best setup for a setup:
1. I deep with the 3 Brood in the middle and two empty drawn frames and 4 honey on the outside
H H C B B B C HH
2. I deep with the 3 Brood in the middle, 2 Comb, 2 Foundation, 2 honey
H F C B B B C F H
3. Just go with 2 deep from the start
H C F F F F C F H
H C C B B B C C H

I am probably way over thinking this but it has been a long April waiting for the bees...
 

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I start with one deep with the nuc in the center and add the second deep when you have bees covering 80% of the frames in the first box.
 

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I would start out with something like F C H B B B C H C F. Try to keep honey closer to the nest at least on one side. But why are you only using 9 frames? They will get awfully thick if you're using standard boxes. Once the bees start to fill up, add the other box with honey and comb directly over the brood and the rest foundation.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I was going to use 9 frames in teh brood box pushed close together. But you are right that with new foundation that does not make sense.
 
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