When I split my hive the intention was to have one hive with single brood and the other with a double brood. So I could compare single brood verses double brood in my area.
All went to plan in the beginning with the strongest hive getting the second brood box when the base brood box was about 85% full.
Both hives started thrive and I soon found the single brood box hive was in need of extra space. I put a QE on and placed on a second box (pseudo or temporary super ) as it was only there to give room for more bees to strengthen the hive. I put in frame boxes to start so the bees didn’t have cold stress at night. Step forward to this week with the false frames out and all the frames in this pseudo super are getting full very quickly. So very shortly I want to put the Flow super on.
Questions: re plan to have all the bees in the hive now in a single brood with a single flow super
- If I put the pseudo super (which I did not have intentions of having) above the Flow super will the bees in the super make their way down at night enabling me to just take off that box leaving all the bees in the brood and flow super. Or would they just transit to and fro the flow super into the top super and carry on.
- If Q.1 doesn’t happen would I just shake all the bees from the temporary super frames into the brood box.
- Any other suggestions. I did not think the hive could handle the cold Spring nights with the flow super on, that’s why I did not put the flow on initially…maybe I should have.
This post is probably clear as mud, so ask away if you would like clarification.