I have 20 hives (five 4-way pallets) which I am hitching a ride for on a flatbed truck to the almonds this year. My (big?!) problem is this: I have been running them all as singles for the honey season. The guy I am planning to go with would rather only take doubles. But I only have foundation in deeps to add a second story to them, no drawn comb. We have one more alfalfa flow coming, so do you think they would draw a second deep of foundation on that? Also, six hives swarmed within the last 3-4 weeks. The new queens in those hives are just starting to lay now (keep in mind, still singles). Will they build up in time to leave for the West (3rd week of October)? How should I go about trying to build them up? I am feeding dry pollen sub right now, should I make it patties? Anyway, I apologize if this sounds all jumbled and crazy, but I could really use some sound advice. Please input here. Any and all advice is very appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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