New to this site so hoping for some advice.
I got my first colony about 3 weeks ago as I was given an old brood box taken from a lady about 3 miles away who had left her disused hive empty and mostly sealed up but a swarm found and occupied it. Her box has very old dirty frames and the queen somewhere in some comb that hung down 4 - 5" below a frame into a partly empty box sitting below. The comb is several layers thick.
So, I’ve had to place one of my empty brood boxes below to carry it home and now even though I’ve placed another brood box with fresh frames of wax foundation above the old box, after several weeks they don’t seem interested in moving up and drawing out any of these new frames. I’m also feeding syrup from the top of a crown board above my new frames box as it is a very small colony without much stores. (My profile picture shows the old broodbox as the darker wood.)
How can I get the queen to move up into my frames? Drastically, if I cut the comb and placed it on the crown board above the new frames box and removed the old frames box with the empty box below that would she start laying on new frames foundation or would that cause swarming or something ? Could it be the foundation is the problem ?