Granted I only have one hive, and I have been the world's most neglectful beekeeper, due to my work schedule. (Although the bees do not seem to have minded me not tearing their home apart!) Last inspection was back in June or so. I had 1 deep and 3 shallows on. The bees had brood in the top edges of the deep and in some the first 2 shallows, although only in a few frames on one side. Thinking I-don't-know-what, I moved the two shallows with brood to the bottom. Yesterday's inspection: Bottom shallow: Empty. 2nd shallow was starting to be filled with nectar and had a small amt. of capped honey. Deep had about 6 frames nearly full of capped honey, and brood in a reasonably good pattern in 3 frames (still on that same side). Next shallow on top: Nearly full of capped honey, with some brood over the brood below. I had put another super on top in July, and that one was pretty much empty. So, the poor ladies only seem to have maybe 80-90 lbs of honey. Not enough for wintering in these parts. Hoping for a good fall flow. Questions: I removed the bottom shallow. (Actually I put it on top temporarily, since I had no place to put it at the time.) Was this the right thing to do? Should I also remove the nearly empty top super, or leave that for fall honey? Since this summer has been terribly dry, is 2-3 deep frames of brood right now reasonable, or might I have queen problems?