I have a hive that is looking honey bound and wanted to get your 2 cents.
The hive was a split from early in April and put into 8 frame equipment. I put a super on 2 weeks ago and apparently they filled it faster than I though they would. It was all un-drawn and I figured it would give me some time to get more boxes built. I was wrong. They are back filling the brood nest with nectar and its mixed in with the brood.
My concern is losing them to swarm, so here is what I did and the 2 options I was thinking about. I would appreciate any thoughts just to ease my mind. Since this is the first time I have gotten behind on a hive.
I added a super with 2 frames already drawn and the rest un-drawn. I took 3 of the frames of honey (not all capped) and put those in the new super. Then put the rest in the existing super and placed that on the very top. I also took out one deep frame (foundationless) from another hive and put it in the center of the brood nest. (This frame was 70% drawn and has some young larva but were about 50% open cells) The frame that I pulled was mostly nectar with a few emerging brood.
Also I saw no swarm cells in this hive.
Should I leave everything and just hope they make the adjustments?
Or should I take the 8 frame equipment and put it all into 10 frame until they can get thing sorted out, then move it back to the 8 frame later this year?
My concern is mostly that I do not know if putting un-drawn foundation or foundationless will solve the issue of having all the cells filled with nectar?
(I did a bunch of splits this year and am lacking drawn deep comb)
Sorry to be so long on my post, just want to make sure to give info to make a sound decision. Thanks again for any input.