With our province seeing 30 to 50% winter bee losses commonplace even with long term beekeepers it makes me wonder how much is unavoidable, how much is skill and planning or is it all a crap shoot. Can we just let them bee? Specifically I am wondering how much strategy is involved with the final positioning and amounts of bees and the honey/pollen stores. Will a certain general pattern naturally develop or are there things we the beekeepers can inadvertently interfere with in our closing moves. I know that adequate supplies is a given but past summers experience shows that we can allow the queen to be forced into a non laying state by honey or nectar etc. Are there similar ways we can hurt their game going into winter?