A little background...I caught and hived a swarm from a bee tree about two and a half weeks ago. Between this year and last, I have captured (4) swarms from this same tree. Pretty average size swarm, 3-5 lbs or so. Swarm was placed in a hive consisting of (2) 8 frame medium supers full of PF120s.
Did my first inspection of this hive yesterday and found good news and bad news. Good news, plenty of brood in all stages and lots of capped honey already. Bad news, they built the comb crazy!
I got myself in a tough spot last year by allowing a swarm to draw pretty wild comb in a foundationless hive and I am still dealing with that now, so I decided to do the hard thing and start scraping out the mess they had made. I probably had to scrape out half of the work they had done; it was about a 50/50 split of capped honey and brood
With a hit like that on a new swarm, I'd like to give them all the help they can get so I am considering trying to feed the honey back to them. Can I just fill a mason jar with the honey and put it on top of the hive to slowly drip through the inner cover (similar to typical sugar syrup)? It will be inside the hive to prevent any robbing from other bees, wasps, etc.
I am also considering melting down the wax collected and brushing it onto the PF120s to try and give them a better idea of how to start drawing the combs. What is the best way to separate all of the dead brood, honey, and pollen out of the wax for melting? Melt slowly on low heat? I saw some notes on other threads about using crockpots for this, any better ideas or is this a pretty good method?
Thanks for the help!