More then likely, I am once again fretting about something that I should just leave alone, but I cannot help myself. 1. Started last May with two hives. One immediately took off and the other floundered 2. I spent most of the Summer trying to 'fix' what I thought I had done wrong with the Weak hive (feeding all kinds of things, home made robber screens, new bottom boards, you name it...), until late Fall when the Bees tried to supercede the Queen (who I now refer to as Wench, since she was the source of my angst, it would appear). I stopped them from doing this (based on advice from a local beekeeper that said Drones would be in scarce supply and that it would be best to let them supercede this Spring. 3. Being worried about my weak hive with a weak queen, I kept a top feeder on them all Winter, which they enjoyed on many occasions (some folks seem to get wierd about syrup in the Winter, but my bees seemed to love it) 4. Becoming paranoid with the bleak Winter, I read about a Mountain Camp method and put sugar on both the Weak and the Strong hive. I feel like I am having a hard time getting to the dang point, but I figure that I might as well give all of the info at hand, to allow for the best feedback here. When I purchased my Nuc's, I brought my hives to the gent around 2 pm one afternoon. We swapped out five Nuc frames for my foundation and left my hive in his yard. After it became dark, I returned and we put hardware cloth over the entrance and I transported my bees back to my home. At this point, I made my first error. Figuring that I should 'let them be' a bit, I didn't open them for 2 or 3 weeks. Well, the act of transporting them in the back of my car jostled the frames. Letting them 'go at it' for 3 weeks allowed them to build comb all over the place, effectively fusing the frames in a jumble and making it very difficult to inspect all Summer. So, I have been waiting for my bees to move into the Upper deep so that I can clean up the mess down below before I do a reversal. 5. When I checked my hives last weekend, I had hoped to see them both in the upper deeps. But, they have not laid a single egg up there. In fact, all of the honey remains capped! I am worried that all of my feeding has basically removed the need to move up into the upper deeps (which I need them to do). I have stopped feeding them and am hoping they will get hungry and start eating the honey above and laying up there. Is this the correct course of action? The bottom line is that I want them to move up into the upper Deep so that I can clean up the bottom Deep to make hive inspections easier.