I am in northeastern Vermont near the Canadian border. My first year with an overwintered hive. There are two deep brood boxes and one medium. I give it a quick rap every day when I get home and they are still buzzing. I know we are getting towards do-or-die time, literally. My fingers are crossed.
I am wondering what happens in the spring with the medium on top? Will there be brood in it? How do I discourage further brood? What about any leftover honey in it? I am almost certain it is golden rod, if it matters. Will they move it down or am I supposed to do something to "refresh" this medium? Do I take this honey? What if it is crystalized? Sorry, lots of questions but it has me thinking.
Thanks in advance.