I started a package hive in May. My hive currently consists of two deeps. The top deep was put on when the first deep was 75% full. Now, after a week and a half, I did an inspection of the top deep. WOW!
All but two frames are full of honey or nectar. A lot of it is capped. Sounds good except... there's absolutely no brood or pollen in the top deep! It's almost as if I used a queen excluder (I did not!)
That makes me concerned, as just about EVERYTHING in beekeeping does, that perhaps now the queen has no more room to expand. I did not investigate the bottom deep so I don't know how much room she has there. I do know that all the frames are drawn.
I don't have to have honey this year. My concern is that the bees get theirs for Winter and that they have room to grow. My plan was to use my two deeps to raise brood and Winter stores. If they got full, I would consider putting on a medium super for me. I never expected the second deep to not have any brood - only honey! Now what do I do? Does my bottom deep provide enough room for the queen? I don't have any deep frames or I would pull 4 from the top deep and replace them with new, in case the queen decided to go up. That would give her some room, but it is not an option.
My thought is to sandwich a medium super in between the two deeps. This would give them some room. I cannot transfer a frame of brood into the medium super from the deep (won't fit!) to entice the queen.
Is there anything I can do to entice the queen up there?
Does this sound like a good plan?
Should I put the feeder back on to help with comb building during these dry Michigan Summer months?
Your thoughts are very much appreciated!