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Question on established colonies.

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Hello all , last week i bought two new hive full of bees from an old timer beek. He had too many and the neighbors were complaining. Anyway , both hives have one deep then a shallow super then queen excluder with another shallow super on top of that. As where my other two hives i started this april have 2 deeps and a med. Super on top w/no excluder. My question is , should i add another super or remove the shallow and add a deep for brood? Or just leave it alone?
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i agree with Brent. Use two deeps for the brood, make sure the queen is not in the medium super.
However, I am not a big fan of extracting honey out of brood comb. If this comb looks rather new, not dark, should be ok. But if this comb is dark, I would not extract it. There is a small risk of contaminated honey if this beek used chemicals in the hives. If you want the mediums emptied, you could feed it back to the bees, then go through the box and pull out any dark comb.
Just a thought.
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