This single layer hive is in a local nature center. It has a shallow frame over two deep frames. Then on the bottom (in place of a deep frame) is a medium frame with comb drawn from the bottom bar. This bottom most frame was foundationless from last season and was fun to watch the bees draw it out. The two deep frames are full of capped and emerging brood and eggs and larvae. Both sides look similar. The shallow at the very top is being filled with syrup in open cells. Maybe a little nectar, too. The bottom most frame is always void of bees because it is cold down there which is where the entrance is.
Should I split now? Or leave as-is. There are no queen cups of cells.
Option 1: I thought about removing the top most deep (including adhering bees) and replacing it with a deep foundationless frame with only a starter strip. I am in mid-MD and the flow will begin soon. it would be fun to watch the bees draw this new frame out. Would this work?
Option 2: I could remove the bottom most frame (the medium with comb drawn down from the bottom bar) and then shift the two deep frames covered with bees downward, thus making an opening above for the foundationless frame with starter strip. Would this be a better idea?