I got my bees about 3 months ago from a cut out in Joplin, MO. I transferred over a lot of the brood comb to frames and they have repaired and fixed complete deep frames in the lower level except one side of the tenth frame which was plastic base that had wax covering. Last Saturday I sprayed it with sugar water to try to get them started there. About two months ago I added a second deep with a mix again of frames with base foundation and then comb patched in open frames to fit and held in place with rubber bands. They have repaired all of them up and have started drawing comb on some of the plastic foundation ones now too. I think 8 out of 10 are filled. I then added a medium about two weeks ago and they have even begun drawing comb on those frames. Question is: there is only brood in the first deep and the second deep is filled with nectar/honey. Is this normal? when they need more brood room will they move up and drain those cells to use for brood or should I only expect them to use the bottom deep? Their numbers have doubled since I transferred them from the cutout. They are doing great in my opinion. I'm just curious as how this works and what to expect. We have finally had some better temps and some rain here the last two weeks and there are lots of wild flowers starting to bloom. I am still feeding but plan to start cutting back as hopefully the nectar flow pics up. Any advice as to how this works would be great!
thanks in advance,