Re: Now what?
Hi Chad, a little farther north than SP, but still in the south here. I had a similar situation where the lower deep was devoid of brood and stores. This is how I would handle it. You already put the deep box with brood in the bottom position, good. Put the deep of empty comb on top of it. You did not say what size frame feeder you have, but you want the feeder in the top box next to the wall with one uncapped medium next to it and maybe the other uncapped medium against the other wall. Put the capped medium in the freezer for now. Expect to feed a gallon of 2:1 syrup every day or two. It is getting late in the season but the idea is to get the bees to fill almost the entire upper box with capped syrup, and a small broodnest in the center frames with the traditional honey dome. If they manage that, you may be able to get them to start on the medium. At this point you would move the two frames back up and replace them with the drawn deep comb. I also doubt any undrawn foundation will get drawn out, but if you keep the sugar on them there is a chance they will get started. I would aslo make sure there was plenty of pollen available. Open feed pollen sub powder like Ultra Bee, or put a patty in the hive if you do not have a bunch of the natural stuff coming in.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.