Re: Bitter Cold in the Northeast
Sickdog5, there is no way to know if they have enough stored pollen without tearing the hive apart. If your bees typically begin brooding about this time, I would put patties on as insurance, just as we do with sugar. I have a pollen feeding station and it is very active on the days the bees can get out. I put patties on my nucs since they dont have as many bees to spare but I still see a few coming in with the UltraBee on their hind legs.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.