Need quick advice, maybe
I placed a 5 frame nuc in a 10 frame deep body on the 14th of last month (4 weeks this coming monday) So far they have filled the lower body and the second body was placed on 5-28 and has been inspected every two days since. As of two days ago they where getting very near to having this upper body 80% drawn and filled. I also noticed the queen had moved up into the upper body. Not where I hoped to find her but for now so be it. I am thinking that at today's inspection I will find I need to add the first med super.
Usually I will spend time trying to really do my homework on anything I see coming or any questions I have. This last week life has hit the fan and I have not had time. I have one concern I have not really been able to look up and just a couple of thing I will do and want to make sure I have the details correct.
1. today I expect to add a med super. I was not going to use a queen excluder but with the queen moving up is it advised to do so?
2. I dd not want to mess with the lower box again until next month. but now the queen has moved. She is now once again in the box that I inspect every other day. I have thought of actually finding her and any frames of eggs int eh upper body and moving all of them back to the lower body. Is this a good bad or doesn't matter idea?
3. I also will remove the sugar water when i place the medium super. they have enough sugar water to survive a winter the way it is. Time for them to start making honey.
4. If I do need a queen excluder I will have to wait to add the super because I don't own one.
I am also very curious as to just what caused the queen to move up. Is the lower body full? did the bees pack it full of honey or sugar water? did she fill it with brood. probably some combination of both. Did she just move up because she could. to have any idea I will have to go look at that lower box again. It has not quite been two weeks since I last inspected it and I did not want to disturb it again for a month. Basically I believe it is important for me to learn all I can about what bees do and why and if my first hive suffers for that education it is just the way it is. But I don't want to disrupt them again if i cannot really gain anything from it. So if it is nothing more than a matter of she moved up because she has 6 legs and can then there is no need to mess with the lower box unless I try to move her back down.
In short whatever I do I need to do today and I have not really done my homework. Anyone that can sort of just lay it out for me it is appreciated. Just leaving them alone for a few more days would be the best news due to me being buried under a ton of stuff right now.
All work and no play makes a happy bee.