No. There is no reason to stop the queen exploring this reserve winter food supply. She won’t lay in it. Having the QE below the brood box could trap the last few remaining drones in the hive / make it difficult for the workers to eject them. Also it might inhibit the workers from going down to transfer the stores therein up into the warmer brood box.
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