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Third year beek, here. Trying to do all mediums, but I have one deep in the mix. It is the beginning of July here in VA. Should be time for sourwoods, soon if not already. I started two packages this year and they have both have good brood patterns, I see no problems in either one. They are three mediums each. I guess I expected them to go into the winter with three boxes and I didn't intend to rob any honey from them at all, but they appear to need supers, especially with sourwoods blooming and the little fall flow that will come. So, if I add honey supers, there may be a surplus. Should I rob them or leave the extra box for winter? The first hive I started with all mediums didn't fill up this quickly. I'm scared that if I don't add a super, they will swarm or something and I think it is too late in the year for that. I'm not sure, but I feel like it is too late to split either. Thanks in advance.:s
 

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if there is still flow add a box, if they do nothing in it remove it. Pretty simple. Its not too late too split, with enough bees and stores you can make them as late as september. The problem is this time of year the ohio valley is heading into dearth for 1.5 months, so both or one of the hives will struggle and most likely require somekind of supplemental feeding.
 
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