I have two hives started from nucs almost 2 months ago. Each has one deep which is mostly bood and a few honey frames. I added mediums at the same time, even though 1 hive was building faster than the other. The faster of the two quickly built comb in the medium, so I added another 3 weeks later, which was about 3 weeks ago. I've pulled a few frames from that hive and added it to the weaker hive to get them a tiny kick start on their medium. I did an inspection just under a week ago and both hives were doing well.
I went in today and decided that both hives need another box.
The weaker hive had only 1 frame untouched. The other 9 frames were full or nearly full and packed with capped and uncapped honey, no brood at all.
The other hive, the bottom medium had fully draw comb on all frames and all frames was full of mostly capped honey. The medium above had 2 untouched frames and comb being built on the other 8. Five of the frames was almost completely built out. I straightened two combs that were being built funny and put the two empty frames between built out frames. All frames that has comb also has honey.
I'm planning on adding the new mediums by Saturday. As it looks right now, the queens may be honey bound. My plan is to either put the two new mediums under the deep along with 2 frames of honey on the ends or place them on top of the deep with 2 frames of honey. I'm leaning more towards putting them under the deep and hope the queen heads down.
A third option I just thought of is adding a medium under the deep and added one on top as well. This should give the queen space under her to lay while giving them more room for honey, which is coming in fast.
I was also thinking of removing frames of capped honey, freezing them, putting them in those freezer bags that you can suck all the air out of and seal them...then keeping them in a safe cool place in case I need to feed the bees next winter.
Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated