Re: tumbled hie leaking honey
The honey issue is not something to get overly worried about right now. The bee's will clean it up although in my opinion, it wouldn't hurt to give them less to do. I would be worried about damaged comb that might have fallen down or got wedged between frames or frames that have slipped off and messed up the bee space. If it were me and if I had a relatively warm day, I'd pop the top and take a look. It won't take long to figure out what you need to do. If you have a lot of damaged comb, you could pull it out and replace it with frames or foundation. If there was honey in those combs, you could string or elastic it back in place so that the bee's could work it properly during the winter. Looking ahead, I'd be thinking about what those bee's will do on a few warm days and besides cleaning it up, they'll also build new comb and if you don't catch them early, they'll make a mess out of misplaced frames and broken comb. I don't mind quickly inspecting or even working a hive (if I really have to) on a cold day but I avoid windy and overcast days as much as I can. I've pulled frames and bee's out of snow, put a hive back together, re-opened it a day later to add frames and the bee's came through fine. You may not need to do much at all but I always prefer knowing for sure.
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