I have been pondering this for sometime. I have never read or heard anything on this subject. When the bees go into a cluster thru the coldest part of the winter they dont consume stores as fast as they do when feb and march hits and queen rearing begins. So During this coldest period. Do the bees keep the queen fed up plump as if ready to lay eggs? Or is she cut back and slimmed down similiar to what they do before they swarm?