Transfer small colony to nuc?
I have two hives that survived the winter, so far. Both have NWC queens from S. Cobey project through local beekeepers. One queen has just started to lay, the other has not. The colony that hasn't started is small, and in the top of a double 10 frame deep eating their own honey. The bottom deep has a few bees wondering around two empty brood frames(cleaning them?), or eating the honey there. There is no empty comb to lay in the top deep.
Would "squeezing" the small colony into a 5 frame nuc, or two stacked 5 frame nucs help them? There is adequate ventilation in the double deeps, no sign of mites, just a lot of "empty space"(actually, it's full of unused honey) for such a small cluster. It's still early here in Washington state. 50 degree temps last week had them out gathering pollen and cleansing, this week back to forties and rain. Not much nectar yet, early pollen from trees mostly.
Should I wait, as "the bees know best", or put them in a smaller, more cozy home for build-up? Thanks.
I don't keep bees, I tend bees. Does this make me a beet?
Sea level, Puget Sound, USDA 7a-7b