Hoping I can get some suggestions or ideas on how to deal with my current problems.
Shortly after receiving my Nuc I discovered chalkbrood in my bottom tray which continued to get worse every day. Would just put it down to weather as we had a very hot/cold/wet start to spring. It was mainly 2 frames that seemed to have the most when doing inspections so when ready to place the super on top I rotated 2 frames up into the middle of the super and removed 2 flow frames to make it fit (it wasn’t a clean fit with much more space but was careful with cross comb). Over the last couple of weeks and with weather being better my chalkbrood problem has basically gone which is great.
Have waited 21 days for all the remaining brood to hatch (now at day 28) and was going to put the 2 flow frames back in and get rid of the old dark comb. It’s been 11 days since the last inspection and from what I can tell we must have had a decent nectar flow because the top 2 frames I wanted to rotate out almost full. 11 days ago, it was mostly brood with a very small amount of nectar/pollen/bread. It also looks like there is more nectar then there should be down in the brood box. Today in the inspection there were 3 queen cups, 1 in the super, 2 in the brood box one with an egg.
They have not really taken to the flow frames, only really started to join the gaps on 1 side of 2 flow frames. I don’t really have excess comb to melt/smear across them but after today I did get a few bits here and there so thinking of giving them a couple days and ill open just the super up and take a frame or 2 out and smear what I can in there.
Suppose after writing this my questions are:
Will they move the nectar from the brood box up into the super should they start to fill out the flow frames?
How can I store these 2 frames of uncapped honey for a few days. I don’t want to harvest and want to shim the roof up a bit and place it under the roof so they can pull it back down into the super.
Thoughts on attempting to render some of the 2 older frames down to give me some more wax to smear over the flow frames knowing they did have a bit of a chalkbrood problem.
Any comments regarding the queen cups are welcome but I’m thinking if I can get them to take to the frames and they move more nectar up into the super I might be ok.
Thanks in advance.