This time of year is not the time to spout forth with any newbee opinions, especially anything regarding, but absolutely not limited to, some of the following:
4. swarm prevention
6. any type of hive manipulation (ie above)
7. also any type of subject that has more than 1 opinion
As a new keep like yourself (?), the information one can glean from our 'innocent questions', helps us gain the knowledge necessary to turn into the winter-crotchety/opinionated experienced beeks from whom we learn.
When the 'old beeks' are busy during the spring, summer & fall, you & I are just ignorant, during the winter, we become stupid.
Keep asking questions and then sit back, read, and eat your popcorn
EAS Georgia Certified. "Tradition - Even if you have done it the same way for years doesn't mean that it is not stupid."