Over the spring / summer we have extracted, 2 supers at a time, about 84lbs of honey – more than enough for us.
Since the last extraction I’ve left 2 supers on both hives with the aim of removing them and creating 1 super full of honey to ‘bottom super’ each hive.
I’ve cleared one super from ‘Hive2’ (so it now has 1 super on) and there are still 2 supers on ‘Hive1’. Today I went to further clear bees down from the supers but….all the supers are absolutely full of bees, as are the brood chambers.
It seems to me that there is simply not enough space in the brood chambers for all the bees if I clear them down from the supers. On the other hand I don’t want to leave the supers on through the winter……or do I?
I’m unsure as to whether I should just clear all the bees down into the brood chambers and the bees will sort the crowding themselves, or perhaps just leave 1 super on each hive until the bees naturally move down or……?