Bees Stopped Capping Dry Honey
In later August and into September bees almost stopped capping honey and I kept waiting. We normally start fall prep about Sept 1. I did purchase a refractomter and it was back ordered and shipping was slow but honey is around 15%. As a result I have two supers of somewhat crystallized honey and three hives with three deeps. Want to get to two deep broods. Didn't need the honey but have a bit of a mess to clean up in the spring.
Does it cool down sufficiently in the fall so that bees slow and quick making wax???
Any suggestions with how to get bees to clean frames from 5 supers? Thinking(in spring) of rearranging brood and pollen frames into two deeps, a queen excluder, a empty honey super with a couple of frames of brood, inner cover(center hole opened), vent box and super with crystallized honey, top inner cover and outer cover.
Zone 3b. If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!