I have several hives that were attacked by some animal, probably a skunk or raccoon. The animal was big enough to get the top off my top bar hives, open them up, and eat a lot of bees, honey, and comb, but small enough to get into the hive because there's poop in it. Anyway, only one is dead, but I have two or three that are damaged, but there are still bees in it. When i found them, it was too cold to open it and look, so I closed them up right before this cold snap in Texas. I'm going to go check them today since it's warmed up, but I was thinking about putting sugar syrup, sugar cakes and/or pollen patties in there to help them along since probably most of their stores are gone. I have some pollen patty substitute that I was given from a beekeeper who was getting out of beekeeping that I've never used. It has been in my refrigerator for about six months. Also, I have some Pro Sweet Liquid Feed from the same person that's been in my garage for about six months. Does anyone have an opinion about whether these things are still good after that long and ok to give to the bees?
Thanks for your advice.