I have a good story and a bad story, so I'll start with the bad, since everyone prefers a happy ending. I have 3 hives, 1 of which suddenly went quiet, but between the jigs and the reels (old Irish expression), a full month went by before I got in and checked it properly. No queen, no eggs, no brood! Plenty bees, but just milling around without much sense of purpose. Yesterday I put in a new queen, and today they are happily half-way through the candy. When she's out and about, I plan to add a frame of brood from a strong hive to plug the hole in the life-cycle. Am I on the right track? Another hive is bursting at the seams, (2 9" deeps and 1 6" super) and I added another super today, however it has metal frame rails which only take 9 frames, leaving a little more space between each frame. Pros and cons?? I'm sure this has been discussed before but can't find it.