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Probably a frivolous question but I will be stacking on a medium of drawn comb and a deep of just foundation does it matter the order what’s the most effective way. I want to say drawn on top so they have to work on foundation but I don’t want the top drawn stuff to become a shb hiding spot. Flow here will start after this front and really kick into gear about may 1 when tallow blooms.
 

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I don’t know that the order is important but it would be best if you added one super and waited to add the second until the first was at least 80 covered by bees (or filled with honey).
 

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I would make two separate additions as well, but I have no idea what a tallow flow is like. If it makes sense I would put on the medium until they are working it well and the add the deep below the medium.
 

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amk, I'm guessing you are going to use the deep as an addition to the brood nest? I don't want to offend you but you do know about pulling up 2 full brood frames then alternating foundationless between those. If you don't you risk having wonky comb built out in an all foundationless box. I've had that happen to me when I first started foundationless. Fortunately it was honey and I did crush and strain on that box. Anyway the bees will spend all of their resources on building the deep and will ignore the medium, I believe.

I'd suggest you add the super first, work on them pulling in honey. Monitor the brood nest so they don't swarm on you. Then later in May or June add your deep and alternate your foundationless with the bottom deep if you want to overwinter with 2 deeps. I don't know how your area of Texas does as far as preparing for winter. I see Pollen.com saying you may often have winter blooms. If your bees do ok in a single deep then you may not need to add a double deep.
 

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Nah deep is as a super on top of single brood box with excluder. Tallow flow here can be almost like rapeseed last year my large hives were knocking out a medium per week.
 

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Probably a frivolous question but I will be stacking on a medium of drawn comb and a deep of just foundation does it matter the order what’s the most effective way. I want to say drawn on top so they have to work on foundation but I don’t want the top drawn stuff to become a shb hiding spot. Flow here will start after this front and really kick into gear about may 1 when tallow blooms.
IMO if I did those 2 exact boxes. i would put the comb on first over the brood nest, to keep the brood nest open, the first flow will not go into foundation, and they likely will not carry dandelion nectar across the foundation. As well when they start the foundation you know they need the space.
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