I'm a little confused about Bee Movement during the year and the concepts of "Top Supering Sequence" and/or "Reverse Supering Sequence".
[Assume that the hive starts out with two full brood boxes, the lower filled with brood, the upper filled with honey.]
A) As I understand it, during the winter months the bees tend to move upward in the hive as the weather gets colder and towards the storage of honey (towards the top of the hive). The upper levels of the hive also warmer. (Correct?)
B) As the weather begins to warm up the bees move downward in the hive, with the queen laying eggs in the empty lower brood box comb. This is aided by the bee keeper providing sugar water in the the early months of spring, before there is any real nectar flow or pollen. This is the colony "build up" before nectar flow.
[We can now move into nectar collection and honey storage. stage.]
C) Now, if using the Reverse Supering Sequence, the Beek will place empty supers on top of the hive while the bees continue to move downward away from the already empty top brood box. The bees will fill these empty supers and the one empty upper brood box with honey, as the nectar flow begins. When the summer is over, the bottom brood box or boxes will be filled with brood, while the upper brood box and supers will be filled with honey.
D) If the beek elects to use the Top Supering Sequence, the beek places an empty brood box on top of the existing brood boxes that are filled with bees. As spring passes into summer, the bees move downward. The beek now places empty supers on top of the hive, which the bees fill with honey. By the end of the season, the beek has two brood boxes on the bottom of the hive and one or more supers with honey on the top of the hive.
E) Assuming that I've gotten this right (which would be a bit of a stretch), which approach is best? Why would one be preferred over the other.
Please feel free to comment on my summary and "straighten" me out. I'd like to manage my larger hive more effectively this year, so the help would be appreciated.