My second winter as a beek, and after killing-off my hive last spring I was apprehensive. We've had a harder, longer winter than we've had in some time. A few weeks ago (still below zero) I "bumped" on the hive to check for life, and barely detected activity. My concern was hightened!! Our weather finally broke a few days ago, went out a found a large pile of dead, with some activity at the entrance. I gathered all my materials for feeding, removed the cover and was pleasantly surprised to see what appeared to be several thousand bees. Quickly fed them, closed-up the hive and left with fingers crossed.
We have a few more hives on order, and another box (queen/workers) on order. Feeling better about starting to expand our tiny operation. memtb