i have my hives in a walled garden temp 10C and the hive in the NW corner that gets the most Sun was so active i thought at first it was being robbed but they were actual bringing in pollen from a Cabbage Tree ( Australian Cordlyne) thats in flower
but those shaded from the Sun by a bush had just a few undertakers pushing out the dead
Three full size hives and 2 nucs were all very busy (well, one colony not quite as busy as the rest when I looked) in the garden, so I am pleased for the bees. Nothing more than I expected really, for this time of the year, given a warm spell after the cold patch.
Any colony lost, due to the weather, over the past 2-3 weeks should be regarded as a real 'downer' for the beek. I would be expecting even my weakest colonies to still be going OK at this time of the year/after this cold patch!
Checked this afternoon and one hive in the sun very active. Saw one bee on the front rushing around another, almost looked like it was cleaning it, would love to know whar was going on - dont think it was attacking as the other didnt seem at all perturbed
Today was "weigh day". All hives were active, cleansing flights and general leg/wing stretching. Hive weights are holding up well, in the last 3 weeks they have consumed an average of 1.75kg/3.9lbs of stores. Even so they will get a pack of fondant after OA in the New Year as belt and braces.
My Bees out today looking as if they were enjoying the sun. I have given them some fondant in a Chinese tub as recommended in the forum. I guess its probably too early but I only got Bees for the first time this July and am really worried about them surviving. I have been told not to worry about putting floor in or insulating crown board by my mentor....
After all the worry of my late Varroa infestation it was blooming marvelous to see the girls out and about enjoying the rise in temperature. Took the opportunity to sneak on a take away container of home made fondant over the feeder hole of the crown board. Still hefting quite a weight but I'm taking no chances.