In preparation for the upcomeing spring season after I receive my Flow Hive, I have some questions and concerns that I hope I can get help with to prepare for my new flow hive. I started my very first hive in June of this year. The hive was started from a five frame Nuc. After transferring my Nuc to a ten frame super my bees grew very quickly and have outgrown the first ten frame super. Upon advice from a local beekeeper I added a second ten frame super and the bees have built out most of the top ten frame super. After last check the bottom box was full of brood and capped honey. The top ten frame supper appeared to be filling up with honey only. I did not see any brood in the top box. My intensions are to leave the hive alone for winter and leave plenty of honey for my new hive to winter with her in Southern Illinois. Winters can get very cold. I am taking the necessary steps to prep the hive for a winter season with the advice of our local beekeepers. I would assume the bees will use the honey in the top box for nourishment during the winter season.
A couple of concerns that hive and would like advice on as no one around has any experience with the new flow hive system:
Should I remove the top ten frame super and replace with my new flow hive during the spring season so that the bees will fill it with honey instead of trying to fill the top box and then move to the flow hive.
What should I do with the top super if there is still honey remaining? Can I try to split the hive and start a second hive by removing some of the brood frames from by bottom super and mix with the frames of honey from my top super?
Should I leave the top super to keep the bees from swarming and place the flow hive on top of my second ten frame super instead of removing and splitting the hive? Under this scenario I would have two ten frame supers then my flow hive for a total of three boxes.
Any additional thoughts and or comments outside of the questions asked would be greatly appreciated. I plan on adding up to three more hives and flow hives for a total of four and would like to do it correctly the first time. Thank you in advance for your time and responses.