Hi my name is Theresa, and I am in Upstate NY Finger Lakes area,
So I had a swarm land in my peach tree and since I had thought about getting into bees for a few years, I decided to catch them myself. I have a niece in law who's grandfather has bees and he loaned me a hive so I could catch them.
Not sure why a hive would choose this time of year to swarm when I am told they need like 40 pounds of honey to get them through a winter. I have purchased a top feeder which they haven't as yet shown any interest in and 20 pounds of bee patty for when it gets too cold for the liquid feed.
I wish I had known that where you release them is where they will stay as I just set the hive under the tree and let them go in, (after cutting the branch and spreading diluted honey on top of the frames) Now I am very slowly moving them about 15 feet away as I can't have them stay under the peach tree. Would make it very difficult to get to the peaches next year.
Anyhoo, I did a brief inspection, on too cold a day so had enough smarts to just check things quickly to see how many frames were bare (notice not enough smarts to understand that I risked the brood getting too cold. thought it would be a good idea to see just how many bees I had since being cold they would mostly all be inside)
All I know is there were lots of bees, I some some comb being made and a heavy mass of bees in the middle, was told that was the bees trying to keep the brood warm. Oops
I also saw one moth which I killed, and a half a dozen little beetles.
My question is I am not sure if I should set a second hive up for the winter or not. and if I do does it go over the original or on the bottom. Everything I read indicate over, but I am sure my bee friend who is knowledgeable enough to be president of the local bee club in the past, said to put the new hive on the bottom. thank you in advance for your support