I have a hive that was existing when I bought it last year. It is only one deep and I've been trying to get the bees to draw out more comb in a second deep. So far they will not. I added the second deep several weeks ago and have been feeding sugar water to help encourage them but nothing.
About a week and a half ago I took the two most outer frames in the deep and put them in the new undrawn hive, moved all the frames out and put in two new undrawn frames in the middle of the deep.
This week I checked to see how they are doing. They have barely started to draw some comb out on one side of one of the frames and look to be working the frames with drawn comb I put in the upper deep but are not touching the other frames.
They are very busy collecting pollen and nectar and are filling the existing comb. I was unable to do a full inspection yesterday because the weather was not good and they were not in a good mood. I was feeding them with a front feeder but took the advice of someone in the forum and changed that. I took a piece of screen and put it over the hole in the inner cover, inverted the jar of sugar water with tiny holes in the lid, placed an empty medium super over that, and covered it all with the telescoping cover. I have two hives and not sure if robbing is going on so I did this for both hives hoping to prevent it.
My biggest problem is getting them to draw out comb. My other hive was a package I bought this spring and they have no problem drawing out comb so far but this hive just won't do it. And it swarmed on Easter Sunday and they had the second deep on but didn't touch it. I thought they had plenty of room. I did find a queen and brood a couple weeks after the swarm so not worried about that.
What can I do to get them to draw out comb?