Re: "lier or a fool"
I don't see it that way. The colony not the queen decides and it seems natural to me that they would want a dome of honey directly overhead of the brood nest. In cool weather the bees can close off the space between solid honey frames to maintain heat for brood in a dome structure. Also the food they need to generate the heat is right there. When you checkerboard you open up the dome and remove the food from one side of the space between frames. The queen will be allowed to lay in it only if there is solid honey above. If there isn't I believe they are going to try to move honey so there is or they are going to keep going up until they reach the cover. If you put supers on too quick the bees fill the center first. If you pull two frames up from the center into the next box they will fill the empties in the bottom box first or the queen will be allowed to lay brood in these empties which means they will be filled.
Originally Posted by AramF
Checkerboarding is a manipulation that requires perfect timing for the area the bees live in. The timing will vary from year to year. It is far from non intervention and requires access to the hives. That does not lend itself to areas that are snow bound and cold. Does it work better in Tennessee? Some people think so. Would it work better in VT, Upstate NY, and Canada? My guess is no.
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping