I went on vacation for two weeks, came home, and a swarm moved into an unoccupied Langstroth hive, which contained 10 frames without foundation. I opened the hive and the bees are doing great, they are drawing comb like crazy, but everything is interconnected with cross comb. It appears that all ten frames are about 50% drawn and I am not sure what I should do. I tried to remove two outer frames, but everything is connected with cross comb and when I removed the frames it destroyed the comb, which was filled with nectar and honey. I am not sure what to do! How do I transfer these bees to a hive with foundation?
Since this colony is only two weeks old, my gut tells me to wait until all of the frames are fully drawn and the colony has capped brood. My plan is to then add a second deep containing frames with foundation and see if I can get the queen to move up into the upper deep. If I can find her in the upper deep, I can then put a queen excluded between the deeps and wait three weeks for all of the brood in the original, bottom foundationless deep to emerge. Once the brood emerges, I can remove the original deep, add a deep containing frames with foundation, and remove the queen excluder. Only problem....there are a lot of if's in this plan!
My question...does this make sense or is there a better way to deal with this GOOD problem?