OK folks, I need some advice on regression technique here.
Got 2 new hives and started them with foundationless frames. Shaved the frames down to fit 11 in each of the deep bodies. Started frames in one hive with starter strips of Dadant 4.9 foundation, the other with beveled top bars like a top bar hive. Have noticed no real difference in how fast they build comb, and both hives are building up with lots of capped brood.
So, what's next? Add another deep body with the same type of foundationless frames? Put entire sheets of 4.9 on the frames? Measure the existing drawn comb and cut out the frames that are over 5.1mm? Something needs to be done quickly, because these hives are due to start growing very rapidly.
Please, walk me through this process.