Went into my bees yesterday. SHB traps (3 West, 1 Freeman) were slam full of beetles. When I lifted the outer cover off hive #1, SHB ran in every direction and my hive tool was very busy for a bit. Once they were all dead, I took off the inner cover to find that once again they had built comb from the top bar of the box below up toward the inner cover inside the hive top ventilator! The comb was partially filled with honey which tasted wonderful and different from what I usually harvest. Anyway, I removed the top hive ventilator (from all the hives) and removed this comb. Top box was packed with honey. Now, I have been taught that too much honey during the winter is not good because at will cause them to fill all the comb in the brood box at which point the bees have no empty cells to winter in and the queen has no room to lay up until first frost/freeze. So I removed 5 frames of honey, giving them 5 empty frames of drawn comb to work on (lots of nectar still out there around here. .especially goldenrod!). The second hive was the same only not so many SHB but also not as strong a hive. I took 5 frames from them as well. So now I had a full box of uncapped honey which I intended to freeze for use when needed. Hive #3 is doing okay, but just an average hive. They need more stores, but I'm sure they'll get it filled (I'll check back later though). The last hive was average as well. Then I noticed, There were only 3 shallows on this hive! So I gave them the box of honey on top.
I should state that all four boxes had two boxes of nice, tight brood. I saw no drones except for some drone cells in the honey box on #1. . .really large cells on a foundationless frame. Wonderful disposition on all four hives.
Anyway, what I'm asking is, is it okay what I did with the honey stores?