To remove or not to remove?
This is my second year in beekeeping. I think I made some mistakes last year, and I'd like to avoid them if possible this year .
I've a hive with 2 supers full of honey, and I'm not sure what is the best way to proceed at this point (please bear in mind that I live in Colorado so my colony is going to need a good amount of honey throughout the winter. And my queen is not Carniolan, so I think the cluster is going to be relatively large):
Can I remove both supers and extract them? I've some honey saved from last year, so I can feed my colony that honey if they go into the winter without enough supplies.
But would that force my colony to store honey in the deep boxes? I can go in and manually rotate the frames so that my queen is laying mostly in the lower box and most of the honey is kept in the upper one.
Does that sound like a good strategy? Or is it too early to remove the supers? Ideally I'd like them to overwinter without a super on top of the deep boxes.
“The bee's life is like a magic well: the more you draw from it, the more it fills with water” ― Karl Von Frisch