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So I have this right, and so I know the girls don't need any extra care over the next few weeks: the winter cluster *generally* starts in the bottom box and moves up as the season progresses, is that right? So the ideal situation for them is to have the bottom box stuffed with food, and as they eat that, they move up. Then when it's warm enough, the queen uses those empty cells to restablish the broodnest?

It's rained so much here lately that most of the honey and pollen I saw in the bottom deep a few weeks ago is gone now. If they refill that box and where the current broodnest is in the upper deep, they should be in pretty good shape for winter, I'd imagine. I hope.
 
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