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We have a nuc installed this past late May. I put the 5 frames that came with the nuc
in a deep and added 5 more frames. On top we put another hive body and a pail of
syrup. And a couple of weeks after that added another deep and still kept feeding.
About 2 weeks ago we noticed they were filling the second deep we put on with honey
and the brood pattern in the first deep was not very robust. I stopped feeding, and added
another deep, moving the deep with the honey to the top and adding the additional deep, sandwiched
in the middle between the bottom and the top (the one filled with honey). In looking in the
hive the other day, there's plenty of bees in the added deep, the one in the middle, but they're not
really building the frames out too much and they're still filling and capping the top deep with honey.

Any insights as to why they'd fill that (original) second deep with honey? One thought I had
is that perhaps...could they have swarmed at some point? But being a Nuc, and new hive... what are the
chances of swarming? Befuddled by the whole thing?

So why such little brood patterns and why so much honey? THANKS!!
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