At the suggestion of a nother member here, I've retitled my post in hopes of getting more assistance.
I have some questions pertaining to the order of the hives right now. Currently our hive has a new queen installed (we had to order the hive didn’t produce one) . During the absence of a queen, the bees filled the bottom brood chamber almost entirely with pollen and some nectar. The upper brood box became a honey store.. it’s almost entirely full of honey at this point. I understand that positioning inside the hive is important and you can wreck them if you mess with it too much. So, my question is, what are the bees going to do for space for the queen to lay? They’ve filled the bottom with pollen, the top with honey, and there is little space available for laying eggs. When we installed the queen, I did follow my gut and remove one frame of drawn comb that was full of pollen, and put that in the freezer. I replaced it with a single foundation frame. When we checked 3 days later to ensure the queen was released; they were drawing out the foundation but it wasn’t complete yet.
My current arrangement is :
10 frame deep with nine frames in it.,
10 frame deep with 10 frames in it,
10 frame shallow with drawn comb in it that I just put on a week ago but they’ve started to fill with honey,
extra ventilation rig,
top board, and
When I go in next week to check for eggs and larva, should I:
Remove some of the honey from the upper brood box.
Remove pollen frames from the bottom brood box, if so how many? 2-3?
Install foundation in the bottom brood to replace removed frames
Install pollen frames in the upper brood box in place of removed honey?
My concern at this point, and what I’m trying to fix is the lack of available laying space. However if the girls will rearrange all of this and fix it on their own, then I have nothing to worry about and nothing to bother with.
thanks for your thoughts.