I'm using deep brood & shallow honey boxes & frames, because that is what I had originally. I got a tip from a keeper in KY: put lime on the ground for a foot or two around the hive. It will cut the shells and desiccate the beetles when they crawl across the lime after hatching from their underground pupation. Limestone with fines in it (roadway gravel) will last longer in the rain & not have to be reapplied like lime on a football field.
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This may by true but what do you do about the adult SHB flying in to the hive for the 1st time.
BEE HAPPY Jim 134