Do I have to remove Queen Excluder in Austin TX?
I am having some time constraints and technical problems removing a queen excluder. I have 2 medium boxes for brood, the queen excluder, and then three supers of honey that I want to leave on the hive over winter because I don't have time to extract it this fall. This is an 8 frame hive full of bees.
In Austin the average low temperature in winter is in the 40s. We get 1 -3 hard freezes.
Can I leave the queen excluder on so the bees will stay in the brood boxes instead of moving up into the honey supers?
Thanks a million!
~May your hive thrive