My 'little hive that could' is no more. I inspected yesterday and found empty cells and around 100 bees. All stores that were in this hive have been robbed. I'm not sure what to do about it now. I was going to put in SBB and a close up the entrance for the winter. I would freeze them, but don't have the freezer space this time of year. I was going to combine with my other hive, then remove the to super by the end of the month. Where there is so little bees in the hive with no food stores, I don't know if it's worth doing that for a handful of old bees. FYI, the other hive has around 4 frames of brood, 16 frames of capped/uncapped honey. I feel they are set for winter (although I'm still feeding them). Should I remove the SBB from this hive? It gets cold/windy here once the leaves fall from the trees. I'm building an insulated inner cover and will deploy it once finished. Entrance reducer is on, I will reduce more towards the end of the month. Is there any other winter preps I need to consider? I have little to no faith the bees will make it the winter. Seems my entire season has been in uphill battle. It's still a good experience to try to overwinter them. Worst case senerio, I have 3 supers of drawn comb for spring packages.