Hey gang, maybe I'm overthinking this:
I want to set up my hive for winter. I have deeps for my brood boxes and smaller boxes for honey supers.
My top deep is very busy in that it's full of brood, but there is almost no food.
I have two supers on top, and one has almost 9 full frames of honey and the other is uncapped and happy.
I'd like to keep the queen out of the supers because of the difference in box size. If I could go interchangable size this problem would be simple, but since I have different size boxes, I'm wondering:
Is there a way to encourage the bees to bring the food down from the supers so I can pull the supers off and not have the queen laying in them? It seems my other option is to leave the capped honey, pull the other super and now I end up with brood boxes of differing sizes. not ideal.