I live in Seattle and this is my first year of bee keeping. My Uncle had bees around his nursery for many years so I was able to watch him around his hives when I was younger. He had double deeps for his brood. I have worked in Seattle for many years and see that more and more backyards hives are just made up of medium supers. Some are just three mediums high but I am seeing more and more that are four mediums high. I would ask these Beeks why they went with all mediums but most are not home at the times that I see the hives in their yards. The people I have talked to have said they like to have just one size so they can mix and match easier. The other explintion is the weight and they are able to lift and move a medium easier when going into the hive to check it.
So my plan is to use the deep box that came with my flow hives (I have two) as my bottom brood box because the nucs that I bought at the beginning of April fit in those boxes. But instead of doing another deep on top of that I am going to go with two mediums before I put the flow hive on top…which may not happen until next year. I decided to do this because I won’t really have to move the bottom box but will need to move the top box and I am concerned about the weight. Two mediums will be easier to handle. If I need to eventually move the heavy flow hive I’ll get a helper for that day.
So I am asking to hear from the more experienced Beeks if my decision to go with the two mediums on top of a deep for my brood instead of just two deeps is messed up.
So far everything has been working out well. I’ve learned a ton from this forum. My bees are loving the early warm weather we have been getting, both queens are busy and all of my neighbors are supportive of my two hives. Thanks for any advice that you can provide about the two mediums on top of the deep instead of just two deeps for my brood. I really value the information I have read on this forum.