I also open feed Ultrabee powder. When the bees are hitting it hard below 50°, I figure it is time to put the patties inside the hives. Similar to the idea posited in the water droplets thread, if the bees did not need it, they would not be out in sub-optimal temps to get it.
Inspected all 5 hives mon/tues. was about 55 here. All five hives had at least 2 frames of brood. Have had 2 solid orientation flights from all but 1 hive this year already. Solid amount of pollen coming in every day it seems to get above 50ish with sun. With the 10 day forecast having all but 1 day above 50 and multiple days in the 60’s, I see a fast and early build this year, moving up my time table on having everything rdy.
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