I bought a couple full blown hives from a local guy a couple months ago. One of the hives has 8 frames in the brood box instead of 10. He said he did this because there was burr comb and he didn't want to squash bees, so the frames were spaced out.
I don't mind leaving them for the winter, but next year I would like to have 10 frames in the box so I don't have to worry about squashing the queen when inspecting the hive next year. How do I need to go about getting 10 frames in the box? Is it even possible or do I need to start with new frames?
Thanks for any help.