What should I do to get ready for winter? (Added question after checking hive today) So the weather has started to cool down here in N. California (I'm so ready for fall!!!!). We're running in the mid 50's at night now and mid to upper 80's on average in the daytime. I'm going to go into the hive for the first time in a month and see how things look. They were going strong last I checked and still look good from the outside. I'm planning on putting the large opening reducer on since nights are cooling off and a chance of light rain is in the forecast in the next few days. What should I be doing or looking for that I wouldn't be on a normal inspection? What should I be getting ready before the real cold hits (keeping in mind we do dip into the 20's at night and run in the 40's during the day when winter is in full tilt) Edit: How much brood should I be seeing this time of year? I only found one half of a frame of brood in the entire 2 deeps today.