Apologies in advance for the message length.
I had a small swarm arrive last spring which was moved to a nuc box and eventually into an 8 frame brood box which was slow growing. With the time remaining before winter came I placed a WSP above with a queen excluder inbetween. By the start of winter and my last inspection, both boxes were full. Brood box had honey on the outer frames and gradually moving in the frames to see plenty of brood. The WSP was around 60% drawn and capped, and the remaining frames were mostly drawn.
The hive looks reasonably busy but because I haven’t inspected over winter (and its my first full year) I’m wondering on the condition of the hive and if there’s the potential for the hive to be honey bound with the numbers I’ve seen outside collecting as winter seems pretty mild this year. I have a flow hive super ready to go. My thinking was to leave what honey is in the WSP for the bees and any excess from the flow hive for myself.
I have a few questions I’m hoping someone could assist with.
- With at least a month left till spring starts, is it too early to inspect on a warm day?
- If its ok to inspect now and if the WSP is full, is it too early to add the flow super on top?
- Lastly, what recommendations would you have for the box order. Keep them as is? Brood, Excluder, WSP, Flow Super? (allowing to remove the flow in winter if needed). Or Brood, WSP, Excluder, Flow Super and give the queen a little more space if needed.
Any suggestions really appreciated.