Re: Getting ready for winter - mostly empty lower boxes
I asked the president of our bee assn. the same question as on of my hive's bottom brood chamber is completely empty. The top was 9 frames brood until today when I made two splits. He said to feed heavy and force them down with stores. Not to flip boxes which my original thought. I have SBBs on all hives. Only this one had an issue and it was light on stores.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.