Things are warm here early. Trying to get time line and plan together. 8 Frame hive. My deep hive body has very good brood in it. I have a medium above that has had 6 frames of capped honey. I did a little rearranging last week to move the empty frames in a slot. Honey to the outside position. Found fresh brood on the center frame. Want to add the next medium as soon as I see the bare frames filling, to give them proper room. Now my questions are do I add the queen excluder before adding a supper and get straight to the honey production with bare foundation or is the school of thought to place the supper on top and let them grow and later lift and add the excluder. Have not heard much about the size of the colony being large enough with just the deep and medium for sustaining the population? The other question is, when do I know to put the excluder on? Thanks for all the info that is shared here. Looked at past post and did not find any info about the use or timing of the excluder.