I have a strong hive that wintered well. I have yet to do an inspection, it has been cold and rainy. I just started to feed the hive a few days ago. The hive is 2 deeps with 10 frames in each. At this point I am concerned/wondering what will the bees be doing until things start to blossom around here and they are able to collect nectar? I am afraid the answer might be swarm. Should I add empty frames of foundation for them to stay busy drawing out more comb until I add honey supers? If I don't really need more frames of deep comb, is it okay to place medium frames in the deep bodies for them to draw out and for me to use in the new hives that I will be starting this week(I will be trying out using mediums for hive bodies this year).
Also, when is the telltale sign to switch the reducer to the larger opening or completely remove it from an "overwintered" hive? Thanks, juzzer