Hi all, first-year beek here.
In May, a friend gave me a swarm in an 8-frame deep. The rest of my equipment is 8-frame mediums. This hive is doing very well - one deep and 3 mediums. They are beginning to draw the top medium.
Problem is that the gifted deep is falling apart at the seams - I'm holding it together with a ratchet strap. I would really like to get my ladies into all mediums before this old deep crumbles. What's the best time of year to do that? I haven't dug down into the deep to see if there is still larvae/brood in there - partly because I am afraid the deep will fall apart if I pry off the mediums and then I have a mess. Queen is laying in first and second medium. I don't want to risk killing her because I can't find her from all the bees. Recommendations?