In my last hive inspection the brood were scattered up and down 6 boxes of my 8-fr mediums, usually in pairs - the inner 2 frames of the 8 would be brood. I've been trying to lose 2 of those boxes to get it down to the equivalent of 4 mediums. I know capped honey should go on the outside.
It's been two weeks since my last inspection. I am sure they have done some rearranging on their own, shutting down for winter (though we've been in 80s this last week). A) If the brood are still distributed that way, should I condense the brood into maybe 4 frames out of 8? B) I don't think I should do more than that, should I?
I didn't take any honey this year (ugh!) because of drought - too worried about their sustenance. Last in, they were capping the nectar that was in there, had a good number of frames capped, but lots more of nectar only. I did not feed, since they had plenty of nectar, and if they capped it all, they will sit right for winter. C) Is that the right thing to do? I couldn't see the logic behind feeding if they already had tons of nectar. Except I wondered if they needed more feed (if no flow) to create the wax to cap. D) Or will they just utilize the existing nectar to help them do that?