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.
You shoud extract honey so queen has space to lay eggs.
As for second hive. ...This hive has not expabded one bit since I got it.
It takes 3 weeks before bees start to emerge from egg to adult.
I am worried they will not get ready for winter properly. What can I do to boost this hives productivity?
There is enough time to get colonies stong for winter.