Numbers: 5 Hives; 2 Nucs
Two of my hives did not have enough capped honey for the winter when I reduced their size from a deep and two mediums to a deep and a single medium about 1 month ago. The top medium(s) did not get completely filled during the fall flow (frames had patches of honey). After consolidation and moving the frames around I had about 6 to 8 medium frames (with patches of capped honey) left which I put above the inner cover below the outer cover of two hives hoping the bees would move the honey down (I scored the cells to encourage this). I also feed the hives with a mason jar of 2/1 SW. To a large extent that did not happen.
Our weather is turning colder and liquid feed will be less useful; I know I will have to watch them and feed dry sugar at some point.
My question is I don't want to leave the above set up for winter: 1) would you remove the excess frames and extract them; 2) move the inner cover above the partially filled frames and fill the space with empty drawn comb; 3) something else.