Re: Cluster at the very top
Mine are nearly always up the top by the end of December and pretty much stay there all winter long. Most of the time, when I get a dead out due to starvation the honey in the hive is all gone. Even when they start out on top I rarely get a dead out because they didn't (or couldn't) move. It's because they ate more than they had even if it was below them. Most of my starve outs occur in the late winter when the bees are getting warmer and start to consume their stores more quickly. I rarely worry about bees up top in the winter unless I know the hive was light to begin with and then, I worry no matter where they are.
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