so three hives
#1 survivor going strong two deeps and a super, second deep is about 70 lbs of honey, they are barely touching the super though
#2 and #3 are form purchased nucs, #2 doing well but not using the second deep very much and #3 is lagging, with a single deep and a super whic they are not using. i took a frame of open brood from #1 and put it in #3 then switched the positions of hives #1 and #3. Questions:
1. i want to try wintering in single deeps, i am in elmira corning ny area, for #1 i was going to shake the bees from second deep where most capped honey is, then place excluder between till brood hatched out in hopes of the remaining space will be filled with honey, remove that and replace with a shallow super.
does this sound plausible or would it be too disruptive this time of year?
anyone else in upper nys that winters in single deeps?