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Overwintering with or without honey super?

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Overwintering with or without honey super?

My 2nd year hive is full of honey! My setup is 2 deeps and 2 honey supers. Located in Northern NJ. This year both of the honey supers are full of honey and one of the deeps is also loaded with honey, it’s so heavy I couldn’t lift it on my own. My question, can I harvest honey from both the supers and leave just the 2 deeps for the winter? Or is it common practice to only harvest 1 super and leave the other for bees to have for the winter?

If a honey super is left for the winter, does the queen excluder stay on the hive or does it get removed?

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