Is the queen shutting down more a function of the season the temperature or the lack of nectar flow or the combination. Our winters are usually just a nice time of year a few cold days (32f dare it go below 30f ��) mixed in. Last year my hives had a brood break December-January but what would it happen if I fed heavy? I’m just curious how the guys do it for almonds I know a lot of them send bees to California in November December.