Hello! I'm currently in FL and listening to Tropical Storm Colin outside. Today was rainy, yesterday was rainy, and it looks like all next week is going to be cloudy/rainy (maybe not a constant downpour, but at least daily scattered thunderstorms.)
My hive is about two months old and is doing alright. It's made up of a deep with all of its frames filled and they've just started (in the past few weeks) filling up a medium foundationless super I added.
My question is, are there things I should do to help them get through this rainy patch? Should I feed? Should the hive be sheltered somehow to help keep rain out? (I have it tilted slightly forward to prevent puddles inside, but I've seen images of hives with sheets of plywood on top of them to give the bees a bit more shelter than what the hive design already has -- should I look into something like this?)
Also, this was going to be the week I did my inspection. I was eager to get it done, because the other day I observed a bee carry out a larvae that looked like it could be from a SHB or a wax moth, so I wanted to make sure everything was Ok. I'm having all sorts of paranoid visions of pests in my hive, but on the other hand I know that a lot of hives are expected to have a "manageable" level of pests in them and seeing a bee carry away a larvae might even be a good thing because it showed that the bees are keeping up with the housecleaning.
Anyway, so I guess I really have two questions. One is, should I feed or otherwise do something to help my bees deal with the rainstorm? Two is, is it better to inspect in the rain or on a very cloudy/bad day, or would it be better to wait another week until the weather clears up? (My last inspection was about 2.5 weeks ago.)
Thanks for the help, guys!!