My question is whether to add an additional traditional honey super in the following situation I’m facing.
Here’s my set up (currently Aug in Denver)
I have brood box which is below my flow super. On top of the flow super, I placed a tradition super. There is a queen excluder between the brood and flow.
The flow is ready to harvest, after which I will remove it and bring it inside for the winter. The traditional super on top is full of comb and partially full of honey.
The traditional super will then go on top of the brood box. I’m planning to treat the hive for varroa and feeding syrup with a top feeder to help the hive get through the winter.
The hive is very strong with all three boxes full of bees and also bearding.
Question: If I’m removing the flow super, should I replace it with a new tradition super (it’s the beginning of August) on top due to space needs. I don’t expect the bees to fill it with comb and honey/syrup as much as a concern for space. I’m concerned that if I add a new super it will be too much space for them over winter, and feeding them will require them to travel through a partially empty super.
Bonus Question: since the hive is so strong, should I just split the hive into two.