Re: Not sure how to manage these hives, photos included
What a mess. I'd scrape off all that wax and honey, that is sitting on the top of those frames. No bottom bar, that seems strange, but I still consider myself a newbee, so maybe it's just something I haven't heard of. Yes, definitely replace the frames that do not have bottom bars. Yes, check the frames in the brood boxes, take a look and see what's going on. How many brood boxes are there on this hive? If you can, get a brand spanking new brood box, and frames, and set it on top of this brood box, after you've scraped off that mess. Hopefully they'll, eventually, move up into the new box, and then you can pull the old one, clean it up. I've got to run, but that's all I can think of right now
Some days it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.