First year beekeeper here. So I've stripped my supers and reduced my hives down to one broad box in anticipation of getting it ready for winter. I've been feeding my bees 2:1 sugar water and have about 2.5 gallons into each hive so far. I have a ton of bees in my hives to the point I'm fearful of swarming. I knew what to look for throughout the season during my hive inspections, but now that I'm getting ready for winter, I'm not sure what to look for during my remaining hive inspections. What should I hope to see when I inspect? Is there an optimum layout in the hive that I'd like to see? What should the frame layout be?
I'd appreciate any tips as I close out my season.