Just a quick update on the hive situation, no pictures though as we’re moving stuff to a new computer. I went into the winter with 4 hives, 3 of them are 2 deeps and one is 3 deeps (result of a combine after the large hive went queen less). All 4 still have bees in them, the 3 deep hive is INSANE with activity compared to the others. We have had quite a few very windy, cold and wet days. After particular bad stretches of weather, I check on them by putting my ear against the bodies and listening to them; to gauge their strength I’ll rap on the wood and that certainly riles them up. So far I think the orange hive appears to be the weakest in terms of “buzzing”. I’ve had sugar water out for community feeding when the days are warm. They (and other hives I bet) have taken in 3 and 1/2 quart jars. I plan to go in on Saturday and provide sugar patties (ready in the freezer) as well.
Wishing all of you a happy and healthy New Year for you and your bees! Merry Christmas!