I now have two hives. My first is doing awesome. Two deeps w/ a soccer ball pattern of brood and all exterior frames w/ capped honey. Mostly(80%) in lower deep. Med. super is now 30% capped honey and drawing out remainder slowly.
As for second hive. Bought a full deep. Upon inspection, there is a mixture of foundation varieties and those which are real wired wax have mouse damage that is old. 8 frames are drawn out and filled w/ mostly brood and lots of pollen and little to now nectar or honey. Almost entirely worker brood. The deep is lite, at about 20lbs. I have had this setup three weeks. Added SBB, slatted rack and a med super the day i got it. Since then, I have never seen the queen, but capped brood and larvae and eggs. This hive has not expabded one bit since I got it. I fed one gal of syrup which they consumed in two days. Didn't feed anymore. I am conscerned they aren't expanding sufficiently. Have not drawn any super foundations and there is one board in deep that they never go on and has not drawn out anything. I am worried they will not get ready for winter properly. What can I do to boost this hives productivity?