I apologize if this topic has been discussed before. I tried searching but I only know how to refer to this concept as "Unlimited Broodnest" and there are no results for that. Basically I'm wondering if anyone here keeps bees without a queen excluder in standard Langstroth hives? The concept of unlimited brood nest is not very complex. It simply means that the queen is allowed to go where she wants within the hive. For anyone trying to maximize honey production, this is probably not a great strategy, but I'm quite interested in this concept because my goals right now are to develop the strongest colony possible. This is my first year beekeeping and I currently only have a single deep box. I need to purchase more. Using the concept of unlimited brood nest, how many deep boxes should I be purchasing? What other things should I consider? Are there other cons I'm not considering when not having a queen excluder?