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I am getting my first hive (all 8-frame mediums. I'll have 5 boxes total) and will be getting a nuc (they are arranging a medium frame nuc for me) at the end of May. The nuc is wax foundation, but I ordered foundationless frames for my hive. What is the best way to set this up?
After much reading, my current "plan" is to incorporate the nuc so that brood frames are in the middle of two medium hive bodies with the foundationless frames on the sides, then add the medium supers on top with an existing frame of honey as a guide once the two main hive bodies are almost full.
...Does that sound like a good plan to everyone else?
My name is Heather Jernigan, and I am a brand-spanking-new honey bee hobbyist.  Have joined the regional bee keepers association, read more books on honey bees that I thought possible, and will be picking up my first hive tonight. Nuc at the end of May - VERY EXCITED!!!
As far as "a little about myself":
I'll be turning 50 in two weeks (sigh), married, don't have children, live on about 3/4 an acre (thus limiting myself to 2 hives) on the edge of a relatively small city in southeastern Ohio. My interest in bees isn't commercial at all - in fact, trying to figure out how to be as natural as possible and not extract, yet manage swarming. Looking forward to reading about everyone's experiences!
I have two nucs on order and want to convert them to mediums.  That is, I have decided to use all mediums (with top entrances), but my nucs are coming as deeps, so what do I do?   Without cutting the nucs down or otherwise greatly disturbing them.

What I have:
Two 10 frame deep boxes, and one 10 frame medium box.
Six 8 frame medium boxes.

One thought is to put the two medium boxes together.  Then put 2x4s in the bottom on edge to fill the bottom of where the 5 frame deeps will go in the top box and mediums in the remainder of the bottom and top boxes.

Another thought is to use the 10 frame deep box with the 5 deeps and then 5 mediums and spacers under them.

I'm thinking the first way is better.  But either way, how do I suggest to the bees to leave the deeps and use the mediums?  At first it seemed that deeps would be stuck up away from the rest of the box and maybe they'd leave them.  But when it's 8 frame mediums, that's only 3 frames to the side we're talking about.  What I could do, once they start filling the mediums out, is to add a third box, moving the deeps to the top.  I could partition off the middle box if that helps.  If the deeps are far enough away from brood in the bottom mediums, will the bees tend to leave the deeps?  Using top entrances, does that change things?

Maybe this depicts 3 medium boxes with a partition around the extra mediums?:

Or do I just wait until they fill the 6 medium frames, remove the deeps and put them in the 10 frame boxes, letting them raise a new queen worrying about converting them next spring?  Maybe even putting both 5 frames from both boxes together in a 10 frame box once each nuc has filled 6 medium frames?
Here's an update.  Maybe this info will help someone else in the future.   Check the hive Saturday, 5/2, two weeks after install.   Twice I had to remove all the bees, queen included from the hive top feeder.  The last time I removed the feeder and added an entrance feeder.  Well they must not have liked being messed with so much because they all left the hive.   The queen was in the box the last time I moved them.  Maybe I should have put a queen excluder under the box so the queen couldn't leave?
I would blow smoke in the hive until they let her go...  Give them something else to worry about and cover her smell.  It may be they have been queenless long enough that there are laying workers, but the egg police have just been keeping up so far...
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The only way you will be able to tell if she is mated is to wait till some brood is capped. then you can tell the drone from the worker brood. how will you super a TBH?  If there is a couple frames capped with honey only, I would cut those out and put the bars back in. Sounds like you didn't make your hive long enough.  d2
« Last post by markmp on May 04, 2015, 10:59:03 PM »
Went into the hive today and saw a large healthy queen (my previous inspection where I saw the dead queen and capped queen cells was 6 days ago). I also saw a couple of capped drone cells, a couple uncapped larvae and some eggs (I think).

Because of what I saw I did not add a bar from my other hive.

The hive (TBH) was also loaded with honey and pollen. If this queen is actually mated, I think by biggest risk now is swarming due to lack of room. I guess supering is the way to go.

Any thoughts on likelihood this queen is mated (note it is early season here - lots blooming but I haven't seen any drones yet)? Is it possible to tell visually?
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