I have a hive that started as a swarm this spring. It's been slow to draw out the comb in the two ten frame deeps that it's in, so I've been feeding it via a double-width frame feeder with a reasonable amount of success. The top deep now has six drawn frames, one they've just started on, and one they haven't touched.

I'll be traveling for a couple weeks and am thinking of stopping feeding and adding a super to see if they're ready to draw it and store honey. Should I pull out the frame feeder to do so? If I do so the top deep will have four undrawn frames, perhaps too many to add a super to? I guess I could also pull the feeder and add two deep frames and not a super to get them to draw the deep out fully.

Goal is to get them strong enough for winter, not necessarily to produce excess honey.

Thx!