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All,

I set up my first ever hive this year and it appears to be doing well but wanted to float a couple questions past you?

The hive was started in mid-April with a 3 lb. package. Have examined it many times and everything looks as expected. Haven't looked at it in the past 3 weeks (will be looking this weekend) but am not expecting to see anything out of the ordinary. The last time I examined the hive (3 wks ago) I definitely noticed an increase in the population from the previous examination (a week prior to that). I have been giving them syrup since the day they were started and of late they have been consuming over a quart a day, actually noticed yesterday that they downed 1/2 a quart in 4 hours. (I give then syrup so that I can be assured they build up big and strong.)
Would you consider this an appropriate amount of syrup for them to consume?

Since they appear to be quite strong would splitting be appropriate this year, or should I wait until next year? (But I guess that would mean I need to get another queen).

Thanks in advance.
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Thanks for the quick response.

Yes there is a second deep in place. I guess that could be a reason that they are consuming so much. So then my plan will be to cut them off and evaluate this weekend to determine if they are filling the 2nd deep with syrup.

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Looked at the hive today and here is what I found.
Configuration: I have two deep supers then a queen excluder and then a medium super.

The two deep supers are about 90% full of brude and honey, I would say 70 / 30 split Brude/honey, while the medium super is showing very little activity at all as in no building foundation. I was surprised to see that there is no building of foundation on the medium super, but I guess that could be due to the excluder.

What would you guys suggest, remove the excluder?

By the way the deep supers were HEAVY!

Thanks in advance.
 
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