This is my first year with honeybees. I got my first nuc this spring so this is my first winter with the bees. I confess to being a little nervous. Right now I am struggling with determining whether or not to open the hive and see if the hard candy/pollen is necessary. I don't want to open up the hive, let the heat out and cause them stress, but I don't want them to starve in there either. I did not heft the hive when it was full of honey so I have no idea how heavy it ought to be now. I want to do right by the bees, whether 'right' is to act or not to act. It seems I must open the hive to know but due to lack of experience I find myself hesitating. Anyone have any ideas? This week daytime temps are supposed to be in the 30's and night time temps in the high teens. The wind is almost always blowing here but there are days when it is more breezy than windy. Thanks for any help you could offer.