Good morning all, heres a little background on my situation.
Last year was my first year keeping bees, we are part of a co-op garden on an acreage that our really good friends own. We started out last year with one hive and given the weather last year(central Iowa) it was really cold(high of around 60's) until June and then very wet the rest of the summer, that hive didnt do all that well. We did not think it was going to make it through the winter, especially since during a warm day someone decided to check in on the bees and were scared off and left the top off. It then rained, snowed, and whatever else until a nice 70 degree day in January. To ALL of our surprise the bees made it and were buzzing about doing their thing. Over the winter months, due to the ending state of the hive and winter issues, the acreage owner decided to purchase two new hives for this year. So now we have three and the hive from last year is doing EXCELLENT. Population has been exploding like crazy and they are well on their way to filling a super and capping. About a month ago though, I thought to help the hive by adding a new hive body with ten frames, but I screwed up. I put the new hive on top of the existing brood box. After reading some forums(should have did that first) I read how the queen will not travel above the "honey crown" to lay new brood. So my question, is, do we harvest the honey in the tall box that I put in for brood, empty the frames, and then place back in underneath the current brood box so they can clean the honey up and then will she start using that for brood?
The other two hives are coming along, but not very fast. They will get there and we know that we will not probably get honey from the two new hives. How do you guys gauge when to add brood boxes and honey supers?