My question is this. When I add the second box do I just put it right on top and not mess with anything or do you guys switch a frame or two of
In Finland climate is colder than you have. Nights are at summer about 8-12C. When I put the second box at spring, it is usually minus degrees at night and 10-15 C at day.
When I was in England in May 1996, it was there same situation. I scrabbed every morning frost from car's window when I started to drive. And it was 7C at day and turnip rape was at full blossom. Same weather as in Finland.
When you put second super upp, bees must warm at once 100% more space. If you put it down, bees can take it into use without big broblems with warming upp new space. Warm air stays upp. You can put extra space down without harms.
Surely bees goes upp and the queen lays eggs, but I have seen many times that larvas are taken away from lover box when bees are not able to warm lowest broods.
If queen is able to lay eggs enough, it goes to lower box without difficulties. When I put third box, I can change the former box and again put the new one lowest. The next ones I put uppermost.
When I take my hives out pastures for turnip ripe, I often put extra box to lowest and of course plenty of new space to the topp. It is for sure that space will be enoug to honey flow. Many hives store during 3 weeks 100 kg honey.
3 full brood frames give one Langstroth box full of bees. If you have 6 frames full of brood, soon you have 2 boxes bees.