I'm a first-year beek. I got my first package of bees from NZ on April 1 of this year and just pulled the last of 40# of honey from the hive - leaving another 50# for my girls for the winter. The brood area is quite small now and in the center of the lower of two deeps. I placed the remaining 8 frames of honey on either side of them and above them in the second deep. There seem to be maybe 20,000 bees (a third of this year's peak) in there right now, and although they're still bringing in pollen, their activity is way down from summer. We have mild winters here just over the Washington State border. I plan to wrap the hive in tar paper, reduce the entrance, and leave some ventilation above to keep the hive dry. There's pollen in a lot of the cells, but should I toss in a pollen patty and maybe some extra food in a top feeder for the winter? I'm a nervous new papa!