Thanks for the quick answers. JP got to part of what I'm wondering about but didn't express well in my original post.
Of each of the two deep boxes per set one is primarily capped honey and the other is mixed open cells and some with pollen, etc. There are some dead bees that are head-first in cells deep enough that they won't brush off. My sense is that the new bees will do housecleaning and remove the bodies and any larval remains there might be. Is that correct?
I went through all the boxes today, inspecting each frame before stacking them on the back porch. We've had a week of sub-zero temps a couple of times this winter - which makes this a mild winter for these parts
but I think enough for moth control.
Would it be advised to introduce the bees to the more empty of the two deeps and place the capped frames above in the 2nd deep?
Should both deeps go on initially or just one?
Will they tend to feed on the honey or go for the syrup after introduction?
With our short season I'm all for a headstart. I clearly need to work on my swarm prediction abilities though. At least now I have it marked on the calendar when they get feisty.
Thanks again for the responses.