My first year of bee keeping and mother nature is testing me and my girls. I sure hope they've had their "woolies" on as we've had the longest streak of cold days, most below 0 F in 12+ years. I think that we've only had one or two days in the last month with the lows above 0 F. If we survive this, I'll feel pretty good about their ability to survive some rather hostile weather and my luck by not losing my first and to date "only" hive!! I'm not going to mess with them until things get a lot better, then I'll check and see how they've done. I guess I'll just try and be patient for about 2 1/2 or 3 months! memtb