So, I am a newb. I started a nuc I received from a fellow beek in late April here in eastern North Carolina.
I now have a quadrillion bees, but fear I may have messed up my hive's mojo.
When my brood chamber (full size) and medium super were pretty full, I slapped on another medium super. After a week hardly any comb was built, so I thought, "hey, I will just move some from the box below so they will stay up here and build out the rest". I also, during the build out of the lower hive bodies moved a few frames around thinking it would make them draw the comb faster (from the inside to the outside of the hive body). I suspect this was not a smart move.
I went through some scary time where I was sure my queen was gone. The brood nest was not a built out as before, and some frames were storing uncapped honey only and some pollen. A week later I found her in the third body from the bottom laying and there was little or no space left, so I put on another super at the advise of a local beek who visited my hive.
Now, two weeks later I don't seem to have a barrier through which the queen won't travel. I don't want to put an excluder in, as it doesn't seem natural. (This from the guy who totally jacked with the frames repeatedly, like a moron)
Like I said, I have a jillion, million, bees. My gut tells me I should get the queen back down to the brood chamber at the bottom (yes, there are larvae in the frames, but the brood pattern doesn't seem tight), yank out half the frames and move them to a new hive body, replacing the frames with blank ones. I would then put one of the other hive bodies with brood and honey on top of that one, and toss a new queen in with them.
I am not interested in harvesting honey this first year. Is a split wise now, or dumb? Or, it is completely stupid. Should I have not put another honey super [for a total of one large hive body, and 3 supers]? (they just now starting to draw out comb on the frames of the third super, and it has been on for almost two weeks). There is a ton of honey in the hive... I mean a ton. I could barely lift the two supers off the ones below, but I fear adding the third super while there was so much space available in bottom brood nest may have been a bad idea.