Is it common to remove empty brood boxes going into winter?
I live in the North East and one of my hives ended this season with 2 deep hive bodies and 2 medium supers. My queen laid in all 4 boxes on the right side and stores were primarily kept on the left side.
My bottom deep hive body was completely empty of brood and stores while the 2nd deep hive body was only partially full. The remaining brood and stores ended up in the 2 top medium supers.
I removed the empty bottom brood box and rearranged the remaining boxes by centering the brood flanked with honey stores on the sides and top.
My intention was to remove unused space that could be vulnerable to pests. Is this a common practice or was it a mistake to remove the bottom brood box?