Earlier in spring late March early April a fellow beekeeper and I worked one of my hives to split. The hive has two brood boxes and at that time one supper. We found the queen in the bottom box ( we looked through all the boxes) so we took three frames and placed them in another brood box and added three empty fromes with foundation. We made sure the Queen was still on the frame we found her on and put her back in the bottom box, returned the second brood box and then put a queen excluder on under the supper.
In the last three weeks I have noticed a drastic decrease in activity in ths hive so I opened it up only to find that the supper was full of brood with hardly nothing in the two brood boxes Some drawn comb some filled with honey etc:.
I put the super with the brood on the bottom and the brood boxes on top. Should I leave both brood boxes on or should I shake the bees out of the top box and wait untill they fill the first brood box before putting the second box back on?
What do you think happened to the queen in the bottom box? Obvously the supper raised their own. It looks like they would have raised her in the brood box, there certainly was enough room.
I hope to hear from you soon both boxes are still on.
Thanks for any comment