Today is forecast to be 65F (18 C) with east wind around 5 mph (8 kph). This will be my first real solo "go into the hive" experience. I currently have a 10-frame 2-deep hive, with an empty medium box on top to cover the mountain camp sugar on the top frames. I plan on moving my hive around 4 to 6 feet to a slightly more sunny spot (it will still be in a mostly shaded spot from 5:00 pm to sunset). In the new location, I am going to add another level of cinder block for my back, and a landing board which will be under the SBB (just because I like the looks of it). I plan on doing a frame-by frame inspection. I plan on cleaning the SBB. I will probably take all the mountain camp sugar that's left out of the hive. My thoughts are to set up the new location and level it. Break apart and inspect the hive, then reassemble it at the new location, placing the SBB on the landing board, then the two deeps. 1. Does this sound like a logical procedure? 2. Is there value to counting the dead bees on the SBB? From what I've read, it's a good idea to keep a small garbage bag handy, as dead bees, and other misc. stuff should be removed from the area just to keep a clean yard. But since I'm carting them off, should I count them? 3. I am considering swapping the top and bottom boxes if they're all/mostly in the top. Everything I read/listen to says that bees like to "build up" and not down. 4. I bought another set of boxes (8-frame) and plan to split the hive this spring. I feel that it will still be cool (maybe cold) a few more times this spring, and the bees might struggle if split now. However, others talk about it being swarming time here already. Is it too early to do a split? 5. If both deeps are full of brood, honey, etc, is it too early to put on a super? I know that all this hinges on location and what I find in the hive. But, I'm trying to think about things I might encounter this afternoon and plan a course of action, and (and I really hate to keep saying this) as I've read, it's good to keep the hive open for as short a time as possible. I appreciate those that take the time to read this lengthy post and any thoughts on the subject.