I am in need of advice from everyone.
I was given my first hive woodenware by a friend. He always setup his hive with one deep and the rest were shallow supers. When I started last year with a swarm, I was given the deep and a 4 shallow supers. The feral comb was tied into the deep hive body and before doing my homework, I put the super on top. The queen immediatly moved up to the super which was drawn out and began laying. It was 55 degrees here yesterday so I opened the hive to chek on them and put in a grease patty. It appears that the queen has moved to the deep, but the super on top has capped honey arced on all of the frames.
THE QUESTIONs I have ARE:
1. Some of the feral comb has come loose and is laying against the other frames. Should I remove these frames and put in new foundation? or retie them in?
2. Should I remove the first shallow super that has the arced honey? The super on top of this one is full of capped honey from frame 1-9. They didn't miss any space. (One edge of the fram to the other is completely filled!)
3. I am planning on splitting this hive in the spring. I know there are several threads out there on this, but with my configuration I think it will be a challenge. Should I modify my Nuc box so I can place a couple of frames from the super in it when I split? (I was thinking of a shelf of sorts to bring the bottom of the nuc to the bottom of the super fram and then place deep frames in as normal next to them. I would still leave the gaps needed around everything.)
ANy Help Would be appreciated! I still want to get a honey crop, so if I need to wait to split until next year I will. (Wife wants to see some return on the investment!)
Thanks Again Everyone!