I'm a first-time beekeeper. Wanted to say hello, and so glad I found this forum. I have a gazillion questions.
I am starting out with a nuc of bees (4 frames of 10,000 bees and a beautiful Italian queen that I've yet to spot). I got my bees in April. Right now, they are in a deep hive super, with 9 frames. Tonight, I am going to add another deep hive body to the existing box, to give them room to expand. I haven't checked them in a couple weeks, but they were pretty full last time I looked. When I walked by the box last weekend, there were hundreds of them just hanging out on the little porch/landing strip to their house.
My introductory question is this: Will putting the empty hive body on top of the existing one, with 9 or 10 empty wax foundation frames be sufficient? Or, should I pull a full (of bees) frame out of the bottom box and put it in the new box, to encourage them to take up residence in the new flat? If the answer is yes, then which frame should I pull out, and where in the new box should I put it?
Thank you so much for everyone's advice and comments!
P.S. I am scared to death of bees. LOL! I have never been stung by a bee. Before purchasing my nuc, I bought 3 full bee suits and more PPE equipment than workers in chemicals plants use. I also have 2 epi pens (don't know if I'm allergic - seriously doubt it - but decided to err on the side of caution!) and benedryl. I know it's just a matter of time! LOL!