New to the forums and looking for some opinions here.
A few years ago I started beekeeping here in the NorthEast. Typically I configured my hives with 2 deeps and then a honey super if I thought the bees had done enough work in the deeps. My hives always wintered with 2 deeps, and they were never that successful.
Well this year I have 2 first year hives that have been doing excellent! Both hives have 2 deeps and 2 supers. I took the top super off of one hive and found 8 frames of capped honey. I opened the second hive and its the same thing, plenty of capped honey.
My question is this: I am thinking about removing the queen excluder and leaving one of the supers on so that the hives have 2 deeps and a super to try to make it through our very cold winters. Sorry if this is a silly question but I'd love to give the bees the best chance they can get, and would rather leave them with too much honey than too little.
Any advice is welcome!