Re: TBH is a learning curve. What disasters have you had?
Thats about where I fell off the learning curve as well. You could have left the brood in with the honey and they would have taken as good care of them as they could. As long as you didnt hurt the queen they should be able to recover. Any extra items you leave in there for them be sure they are back against the false back. They may clean out the honey and it may be laid full of brood and unworkable. You just dont want a glob of brood cross combed in place with others that you cant get out of the brood nest, and it takes you 7 or 8 months to get the whole thing out of the hive. Once more comb is built they will have specific places for things but early in the process it is less important.
With a lil care this shouldn't happen again. Keep an eye on your starting temps. Second year in I can see the fresh white wax and its much more fragile than older comb so the likelihood of a repeat is slim after the 1st year.
Im trying to move my bee times to earlier in the morning. Its a lil cooler and the foragers are still there but I am also seeing my second year bee handling improving and THAT helps, I think, more than anything else.
You're doin' good!
2nd year with bees. 3 Top Bar hives in my back yard.
Zone 5b/6a. 'Crackpipe' OAV.