Hi, I'm new to the forum. A bit of information, I'm a 6 year expat in China from the USA, Michigan. We just moved into a beautiful monster compound that had been used previously as storage. While doing a grounds sweep, I found, tucked into a stand of bamboo, an old neglected single hive box. Inspection showed a huge amount of activity at the entrance, climate control was in full swing! My wife ordered me a bee suit and when it finally came I couldn't wait to do an inspection, (little did I know at the time, that the bees were stingless!). Suited up and knife in hand, I pulled off the cover and proceeded to pry off the inner cover. With the amount of difficulty I was having, I knew there had to be a problem of some sort. When I finally got a corner lifted and began to pull/pry it up, I peeked under, there was comb attached to nearly all the under surface of the cover! No return. I lifted the cover off and quickly yelled for my wife to bring out a cookie sheet to lay it down on. Inspecting the inner hive, I found only 2 frames in the box, one full of brood, the other capped honey. cleaning out the torn empty and full combs, I had bought a new super box to add to the stack, so I put a queen separator on then the new box and frames. We ordered replacement frames for the brood box and when they come in I want to add them to the original box. There is the history so far. Questions, did this action harm the hive? We are nearing our winter months and I don't want them to starve. Do I leave the brood box alone until spring and then add the new frames, or now? It's still in the high 80's here and the bees are still gathering from the fall flowers. Do I feed?