All is seemingly well. We’ve had a 3-night cold snap with temps around 30 each night. But today warmed up nicely.
The Italians and East Hive were quiet. The guard bees peeked out at me when I arrived. Bees in the swarm hive, though, seemed to be out foraging and there were more than a few bees flying around the hive.
Activity in all three hives picked up when I opened the feeder boxes. The Italians had gone through about 90 ounces of syrup. Everything was empty. The East hive had a good bit of syrup left, but also had several empty containers. The swarm hive was taking syrup but much less than the others.
I was saddened to find about 20 dead bees in the East hive between the screened inner cover and the telescoping outer cover. I guess they were trying to get to the sugar syrup just below the screen.
I know I should probably stop feeding now, or soon, but I went ahead and left each hive with about 90 ounces of syrup. I’ll make my call about feeding when I check in next weekend.