I started with a nuc for the hive in question. I put on either side of the nuc frames, SC starter strips. The bees did fine drawing out comb. I then put a medium box above the deep below and set it up with SC starter strips - the bees drew it out but made somewhat of a mess. They also filled these frames with honey. I want to encourage the queen to use this box for brood.
I know the bees will do what they want to do, but my current thought is to put another medium on this hive and move some of the honey laden frames up to the new box and feed in starter strip frames in the medium below (which is just above the brood box) Two questions:
1. Is this a good plan to get the queen to lay eggs in the box above and not be bound by honey?
2. Should I leave a frame of honey (already there) between each starter strip frame I add - I was thinking to add about three frames of starter strips?
This may all be moot - I may find when I open the hives tomorrow that the queen IS laying in the medium, but I am afraid she is bound below by the honey.