Hope I'm not hijacking this thread http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=237967
, but my situation is a bit different. After my winter die-out (too few bees to manage keeping warm, with only scattered fist-sized clusters, other individuals head-down in cells and quite a few individuals just frozen in place thru-out the hive) of my first-year nuc hive, I have (2) 10-frame deeps that were formic acid treated (varroa) late fall which are drawn in the various cell types:
Old empty , dark, used brood comb, some newer capped and uncapped brood comb as well as capped and uncapped honey. There doesn't appear to be any visible sign of disease on the comb or on the dead bees (moths, DWV, SHB-affected comb).
I want to split these 2 deeps into 2 hives. Assuming that I can I utilize all the different types of cell frames in re-establishing, what should I do (depending on cell-type) to prepare for use (scrape, cut-away, uncap, leave as-is...)?
If I package & queen each old deep as seperate colonies, what would be the best way to utilize and configure the old drawn frames, based on their cell type? I have no more drawn foundation, so all upper boxes would be undrawn foundation in medium supers unless I purchase 2 more deeps and frames if it would be necessary to span drawn frames vertically across a 2-tier deep configuration.
If I nuc (instead of package) 2 new colonies (provided I can still get some this late), what would be the best way to utilize and configure the old drawn frames, based on their cell type, both horizontally on the outside of the nuc packages, and, if necessary, vertically above the bottom deeps?
In nucing, I'm either going to end up with 10 drawn frames with no where to go (if I go with 2 single deep colonies), OR end up 2 deep boxes and 10 frames short if I go to double-deeps. Economics aside, drawn foundation is like gold for a newbee. As all my equipment is new, it would be some time that I could use those drawn deep frames for replacements. I could cut these down to mediums & intersperse them into undrawn mediums above each new deep, or make (2) 5-frame nucs for later expansion, - the possibilities aren't endless (but it makes my head hurt), but I would like to use the drawn foundation most economically and effectively - suggestions?