I'm a newbie who just got started with his first two nucs. @michaelbush sold me on the whole medium boxes full of foundationless frames idea, so I'm in the process of converting from the plastic deeps the bees came on to natural mediums. Alright, so there's the setup, here's the problem: One of the hives is drawing like gangbusters and seems fully willing to cooperate, the other refuses to draw any comb at all.
I've tried different things on the reluctant hive.... I've staggered some empty foundationless frames in between the drawn out plastic frames they came with....nothing. They've had syrup (1.3 to 1) available, but they are slow to use it. They are on a flow (10 acre blueberry field). These jokers actually pile up on each other and make little bee-ladders like ants would do to bridge the gaps made by the empty frames instead of drawing them out.
I only have one more piece of info that may or may not be relevant. The lazy hive was seemed the stronger of the two when i first put them in the boxes. All frames in that nuc were drawn out and it had much more capped brood than the other nuc (which had only drawn maybe 4.25 of the five frames available anyway). The lazy hive still seems a little stronger by population, but certainly not by real estate. Also, the cooperative hive is slurping down syrup faster than i can get it to them.
Any ideas, suggestions, or criticisms are welcome. Fire away.