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I had all 2 deeps going into winter in Northern Indiana. Winter was tough as we lost several hives. I took full frames of honey and filled 2 deeps. I put one deep full of honey frames on 2 of my hives for extra food since I had extra honey. My question is, what's the best way for me to eliminate one of my deeps on those since they are now 3 deeps tall? I want to get them back to 2 deeps as we enter spring.
 

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:scratch: Ah, take one out. Preferably the one that is empty.
 

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Hi GregK;
Are you a member of the "Northeastern Indiana Beekeepers' Association"? If not you can still come to the meetings for free. The next one is on Splits and Queens and the meeting is at the "Classic Cafe" at 4832 Hillegas Rd. Ft. Wayne just south of Washington Center Rd. on the east side of the street on April 17 at 7PM. The website is www.neiba.info and the dues are $10.00 a year.
 

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Yup, do an inspection and see if they've already moved out of one deep. If they have, remove it.

If they're pretty evenly distributed, smoke the daylights out of the top box and the queen should move down to the lower boxes. Slap an excluder under the top box and wait to make sure you see fresh brood in the lower boxes. If so, you're golden. Wait for the brood to hatch out in the top box and for them to start backfilling it like a super, then take it off.
 

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I had all 2 deeps going into winter in Northern Indiana. Winter was tough as we lost several hives. I took full frames of honey and filled 2 deeps. I put one deep full of honey frames on 2 of my hives for extra food since I had extra honey. My question is, what's the best way for me to eliminate one of my deeps on those since they are now 3 deeps tall? I want to get them back to 2 deeps as we enter spring.
You do realize that if your main pollen flow precedes your nectar flow, you'll make a whole lot of bees with the extra deep of honey stores. But if you have a significant nectar flow before the top honey deep is emptied, it can get pretty crowded, even in a three deep configuration.
 
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