Well I went out to see the 3 free hives today (not so free anymore, like puppies...)
One is a BOOMER. 3 deeps full of brood, bees and honey. I reversed it and put it into new equipment last week along with two frames of foundation in the top deep in bridge combed empty slots. I put a deep of foundation on them this morning when I discovered they had the 2 frames of foundation almost drawn out, and we aren't even on our flow yet. They were drawing comb up into the top cover hole. They need room and I will certainly be doing some sort of split on this one in the next few weeks I think. Any suggestions? I considered buying some queens and making some nucs. FYI, I just ordered Hive management and Increase Essentials form Amazon. I'm over my head and my mentor is swamped with his own yards. You guys are my mentors now...
Two is ok, but I need to put it into new equipment also and reverse it, but the comb is all over the place. I don't want to mess with things too much, but I can't see how I will ever be able to manage these frames in the future.
Should I just reverse it into new equipment (maintaining the brood configuration of course) and leave it alone, mess and all?
What do you do when you encounter a mess of bridge, bad frame spacing and out of whack frame drawing?
Thanks in advance. I think these free bees were a blessing, but they have really pushed the learning curve up. Havin' fun though and no matter my fumblings, the bees don't seem to mind.