I have a question on overwintering and feeding the bees in Pacific Northwest environment. My preference is to keep them fed with their own honey rather than sugar water. I have read that a hive needs 50-60 lbs of honey to survive the winter. I have been told to remove all honey supers before winter, leaving only the 2 deep brood boxes for the bees. If I remove the honey supers, how is that honey fed back to the bees as needed (supers are mediums, brood are deeps). Also, is it okay to open the hive during the winter to check food status?