Whether good or bad - my (significant) winter losses this year have left me with a LOT of capped honey in deep frames. We had several cold spells (<-20F for a week or more) that I am sure did my bees in. Many hives died with large clusters inches from honey and full or nearly full deeps of honey on top of them. The silver lining to this is that I now have plenty of honey to feed back to nucs that I will make up with a commercial beekeeper here in May. I will be making three and four frame nucs and adding queens to them about the second week of May to replace my losses. Nucs will be going into 10 frame deep hives with drawn comb (another silver lining). I am planning on putting frames of honey in the 1/2 and 9/10 positions in the single deep that they are installed into. If the nucs act anything like last years nucs - they will fill that bottom box quickly and I will have to add the second box probably within a couple of weeks. So here is the question: What is the best way to configure that top deep box with the leftover capped honey? I would like to super as early as possible, but I don't want to put so many capped honey frames on top that I encourage them to swarm. I was thinking maybe 5 or 6 frames in the box - leaving the remaining 4 or 5 frames open in the middle of the box. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with this? BTW - I can't extract the honey, because I medicated the bees after I pulled the supers last fall - so I don't know which frames may have medicated honey in them or not.