Sorry to hear about your bee fountain. You're fortunate to only get a few stings.
Kevin, I'm sorry about this, but sometimes you can't help but spank a puppy. The first thing you do before you get ready to do bees is...light your smoker!! Not only do you put yourself at risk, but passersby, family, friends, and any one around your bees are at risk for sometimes days when you work them w/o smoke. What happened was the alarm pheromone started in the first hive and was carried to the second hive and when you opened it, pow bee fountain. 50-100 stings are a typical result of bee fountains. You had a normal reaction to that many stings, I will take 2 benedryl and the swelling and pain will be gone in a day or two, the itching will remind you to use your smoker.
At this time of the year and you only have 2,3 medium boxes of bees, something is very wrong. You should open those boxes and the bees should boil out of them, there should be big beards of bees on the fronts and bees hanging from the underneaths of the boxes. Most likely both swarmed and were late requeening. When you examined the colonies did you find eggs and brood in all stages of development? Did both queens look normal, no missing parts or small or misshapened parts? Are you seeing normal drone brood patterns, pollen, nectar, and honey patterns? I don't think anything is wrong with your frames/foundation, just not enough bees. Bad temper can also signal queen problems also.
Sorry to smack you about but I hope your misfortune saves some one else who might not have a good bee suit on.
It is. Dadant makes a nice, inexpensive straw helmet and a veil they call a special Israeli veil, I've never been stung through that combination when properly tied down. You will have to talk to the Keokuk, Iowa, Dadant store to find that veil and they may protest some but they do carry it. It has elastic top and bottom and I've used mine for 10 yrs.