Can anyone share their process for properly overwintering hives and honey store management.
I ran 2 deeps last season and left a full medium of capped for wintering. I checked the hives late January and they had not touched any of the honey in the medium. Yet, come the beginning of March, both hives swarmed.
I come to realize the honey super kept the queen from moving up and expanding the hive.
My questions are if one should leave say 40 lbs in my area and they have say 4 or 5 deep frames of capped honey in the brood area should I still leave a shallow super on top?
Also if I were to leave a super on top could I do it with only 3-4 frames of capped honey and the other frames be empty? That way they could have room to expand in the spring.
If this method was used would i place the 3-4 frames of honey in the center of the super or space them every other frame?
Thanks in advance and look forward to your methods!