I think I'm going to need to combine 2 of my hives for winter. My question is about the order of boxes. Does it matter if the strong hive goes on top or bottom? Do I put the second hive directly on the 1st hives brood chamber or go ahead and put on top of their 3rd box? One queen is a laying machine using 1 eight frame deep, an eight frame medium, and part of another medium to lay brood while the other queen is happy with 1 deep for brood and 2 mediums above for stores. I'd like to keep the friendly laying machine but I can't find her. Will the bees know which one to "off" or will the queens meet and duke it out? The slower queen was raised this year by my nuc while the productive queen was received with the another nuc, then they swarmed, and I captured them. I'm just not seeing the stores I thought I should with all this goldenrod blooming. All the hives wreak of the stuff but I was hoping they'd put more of it away. There is still a month to go of goldenrod here in S.Jersey, All frames are drawn out so all they have to do is get busy!