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Located in Northern California, this is my first hive and getting mixed advice from local beekeepers. I have a Flow Hybrid with packed brood box and lots of honey stores but only 3 partially capped flow frames up above. Should I drain the flow frames now and then pack the bees down into the brood box for winter? Or leave the flow frames in place and remove the queen excluder so they can use what they stored up there too?
Would love quick advice so I can make my move during the last of warm days. Thanks!

Hello and welcome to the Flow forum! :blush:

Remove the Flow super. I take mine off in August (I am in SoCal). Most California beekeepers use double brood boxes for beekeeping. You should do that even with a Flow hive. Do not leave the Flow super on over winter - the bees will put propolis all over it, potentially jamming the mechanism for your next harvest.

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Thank you for your feedback, I will remove it today!