I have two 10 frame hives that were started with 4 frame nucs from Purdue on May 29th. Both hives are at least 80% drawn in the second deep with brood and honey. Things have moved faster than I thought they would. I have fed continuously with boardman feeders. I started with one at the entrance, now I have two in the top. They are emtying 2 quarts per hive each day and would take more if I gave it to them. I always doubted I would have honey to harvest this year, but I think I should remove the feeders and put supers on this weekend.
My equipment came from a doctor friend who had stored it in very nice condition for several years. He never had disease problems when he was using it in the early 90's. I have 5 empty shallow supers with 9 frames each. Two have nice clean drawn comb and the other three don't have foundation. I have wax foundation on hand. I have excluders, but right now I don't think I will use them.
1) Assuming it is best to use the supers with drawn comb, should I stay with 9 frames or go to 10?
2) Would you mix in some frames of new foundation, saving some drawn frames in the event another super is needed later?
3) If I use all the drawn frames now, should I convert the other 9 frame supers to 10 frames when I install foundation?
4) What is the likelyhood I should save any honey from supers for winter feed rather than extract it? I am in east central Indiana.
5) I don't plan to wire the new foundation. Is this a mistake? I'm interested in foundationless, but will probably wait until later.
Thanks for any help. This forum occupies way too much of my time, but it sure is great.