I have a big hive started last May that overwintered in 2 deeps. Two weeks ago I installed 2 new packages and donated 2 frames of honey / pollen with a tiny amount of brood, to each package. I took these from the outside edges of the top box in the big hive.
My question is will that slow down the impulse to swarm?
The hive is pretty well full with 8 frames of sealed brood, honey & pollen fill the rest. 2 of the 4 new frames are already drawn and filling.
I'm wondering if I should put a drawn super on top to see if they'll move some food upstairs and free up room for the queen to lay??
Or donate a frame of sealed brood to the packages to help them out and replace it with another undrawn frame??
Any thoughts out there??