How many medium boxes going into winter?
I am a first year beekeeper. My hive has been going strong all summer and I have four boxes of wax, plus a super. Two weeks ago, my bottom brood box was empty. I put it above my second box full of brood. I will go into my hive tomorrow and I have been told I should reduce to three boxes for winter. This would mean removing box three or four that are full of honey on wax. If I leave the bees alone will they take the honey down where they need it? Should I take off the top box and harvest it, or is it o.k. to have four boxes?