I just bought a hive from a local beekeeper, with some bees that swarmed out of one of his hives a just a few days ago. It is a local "survivor" bee that he has had untreated for the last 5 years. He started with one hive, and had 5 now, before selling me this one.
Anyhow.. there are a few caveats.
I have all medium boxes, and this is a deep brood box. I'd like to keep everything the same, but that part isn't that big of a deal.
The main problem with this deep box is.. it has 9 frame spacer inserts screwed into it. The hive has 2 frames of drawn comb, and the rest are just foundation (except what they have drawn in the last few days)
The bees have only been in the hive for 3 days, and I just moved the hive this evening. I don't want to mess with it too much too soon because I fear they will abscond.
1. Move the frames to a new deep box, so that they will be spaced properly for brood?
2. Move the frames to a 2 stack of medium boxes with the undrawn frames replaced with medium frames so that I can later remove the deep frames?
3. Do nothing
4. Do something else I haven't thought of.
What would you do, and how long should I wait before doing anything at all?