Since watching my observation hive get established again this spring I have noticed things that worry me a bit. When it's cold and rainy for a day, let alone three or four days, the hive often runs out of pollen and honey to feed the brood and some often starves. With my observation hive, it's easy to feed them some honey or syrup, but not so easy to feed them pollen. Since watching this I've been trying to feed pollen and syrup when the weather is not so good to my new packages. I don't think it's as much of a problem with a hive that has stores, but it's a real problem with a new package. I have always found hot (hot enough it won't burn your finger) syrup to be taken up better on cold days, so I think I'll try feeding more on chilly and rainy days to packages starting oout, both pollen and syrup.