I'm new around here and I want to start with the topic of beekeeping for self-consumption. I'll tell you my doubt:
I was wearing a beehive with two langstroth hives without pictures in a small house outdoors and two years ago I entered a swarm. I suppose they put the honeycombs on the lid directly. The thing is that I have seen that they have quite a lot of varroa and the number of bees is falling very fast. A friend of mine told me that he could try to lift the lid and cut the honeycombs to the size of langstroth squares and then fasten them with ropes so that he could transfer the beehive into squares.
I don't know how the honeycombs will be if they occupy the two tops or only one as I have never lifted the lid yet. And here are the questions:
1 - If the honeycombs occupy more than one painting, how do I distribute each comb? Do I cut them in the middle of a painting and what I put on top of it in another painting as I can even if it doesn't occupy the whole painting?
2 - If I take out more than 10 paintings, do I put the leftovers in the top?
3 - Could I do the operation of transferring the beehive to paintings next week or as winter is approaching it is bad time to do it and should I wait until next year in spring? If so, about what day and month more or less you recommend me to do it.
4 - One of the reasons to move the beehive to pictures is to treat it against the varroa with Apivar, because I have the impression that maybe if I don't treat it, the way it goes, it won't survive the winter.
First of all, thank you very much in advance for reading my message.