That's basically what I'm experimenting with this year. I was going to let them fill the #2 deep first, then remove the queen excluder. I had noticed that when I let the queen roam both boxes that the bottom half of box #1 went unused, which meant less stores in #2 because of utilization for brood.Could I get the brood into 1 deep for spring, put the queen excluder on, let them build up honey, rob them down to their one deep late summer, take off the excluder and add a second deep at let them fill that up late summer - fall, and work their way up into the top deep in winter, and then switch deeps and add a queen excluder between them come spring again?
Given that single deeps are the norm here in Canada, I'd have to say this is untrue.It is climate dependent, can do it very successfully in the deep south, hard to do in northern tier states. The fundamental problem is that there is not enough honey for a wintering colony. Feeding can make up for the deficiency, but IMO is energy better used elsewhere. I ran a Langstroth 10 frame deep with a 10 frame shallow on top for a lot of years. This has the drawback of having different size frames.
I think it depends a lot on what bees you have. I dont doubt that a lot of bees in Canada have a fair bit of Carni influence and lend themselves to smaller hives. With Italian habit bees in single deeps in our northern regions I think you might have to be sure to get them jam packed with stores in the fall and be prepared to feed them in the spring. Many of the commercials do just that as a matter of course. You can make more honey with the same amount of equipment but it takes closer management.Given that single deeps are the norm here in Canada, I'd have to say this is untrue.
When you say "single deep", you mean a deep containing the brood chamber and a medium or two of honey on top of that? Or do you mean a single deep with both the brood and honey contained in it?Given that single deeps are the norm here in Canada, I'd have to say this is untrue.