Here in south central PA our winter weather has been very warm so far. Right now we are in another warm stretch with the temps today being in the 60's and in the 50's all next week. I noticed yesterday that the bees have started to gather the dust from the chicken feed. This is a little alarming because they didn't start doing this till early-mid February of last year and it was just a hand full of bees doing it. Compared to yesterday with temps near 70 there were hundreds of bees gathering the dust. Would it be safe to say, since they are searching out and gathering protein that the bees have started to raise brood? With it being so warm today I plan on checking food stores and general health of the hives.
The hives already have fondant on them however my main question is should I give pollen substitute to them now or just leave them alone?
My gut say no, way too early. I'm in need of guidance because it was a lot of bees gathering protein.