I am a new beekeeper in NJ. Had two colonies that did not make it through this winter. I will install packages in these hives. For this thread lets assume that there are no issues to do so (bees did not dies from AFB/ EFB for instance). The question I have is: These hives have/had two big boxes, most (95%) of the combs are drawn, some are empty clean some are full of honey. When I install the packages what would be the ratio of frames with honey vs. frames with drawn empty comb vs. frames with only foundation? Also, I assume I will start with only one brood box, correct?
Thanks for your advice.
Jean-Pierre