I have two double deep hives LOADED with capped brood and bees. I would say we are right on the edge of our main nectar flow. I tipped the top boxes yesterday and found a few swarm cells, uncapped, on the bottoms of the frames in the upper deep. After researching here I've decided to try a cut-down (I think I have this name right...) so I can still get some honey from these hives. I plan to set up two new deeps in the same yard and put all but one frame of open brood, some honey/pollen and the old queens in them. At the old hives I plan to leave one frame of open brood, all the capped brood and the remaining honey.
Here are the questions-first and formost, is the best course of action? Second-I don't have a supply of drawn comb yet, so should I just replace the frames I give to the new hive with frames of foundation? If so, where should I put them in the hive and in what sort of configuration in relation to the sealed brood and honey to maximize production?
Thanks a lot in advance everyone!