I can't reach my mentor so I need to rely on everyone's expertise.
I am in North Georgia and at the end of July, picked up 2 10 frame hives that were started from nucs back in June. There weren't a huge number of bees in each hive but since I got the hives from my mentor, I knew they were in good shape and ready to go. The last inspection about a week ago showed that all frames are drawn but there wasn't a lot of honey stored and the queens were just beginning to lay again after the dearth. I was feeding the hives since I picked them up but not heavily. No more than a half a gallon a week.
The goldenrod is beginning to flower here and I was wondering if I should add a second deep brood box to these hives? Will the bees draw out on the new foundation or is it too late for them to draw wax?
The SHB has been kept in check but don't want to add to the bee's area to protect if they are not going to draw any more frames.
I appreciated any direction you can give me.