Last years first bee keeping adventure ended with complete death over an insanely snowy and long winter (200 inches of snow).
After pulling the hive in to clean up all the hive in prep for this year i found that there was still a significant amount of honey left in the super, and some left in the brood box
Put in a package of bees mid summer due to issues with supplier. They where slow to get going but I can say that the bee population seams to be very good. They are covering most of the free space in the hive it seams and there is alot of activity. On hot days the front of the hive is mostly covered with them. My assumption was that the honey super would be mostly full by the end of the golden rod season and that I would harvest maybe 1 frame of honey and leave the rest for them over winter.
I can observe them coming into the hive with what seams like a lot of pollen on their legs.
I decided to treat with mite away quick strips last week in order to have best chance of success going into the first winter.
Opening the hive to my supprise there was very little to no honey in the super. The frames are covered with bees which look to be working but there just isnt much honey. In fact the honey that was left by the previous years bees is even gone (as stated earlier all of the honey super frames where at least 50% full and capped when i placed the super onto the brood box this year).
So my assumption is without some kind of feeding from me there is no way the bees will be able to survive the winter.
What do I do next???