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I just checked both of hives. I gave them dry sugar this fall due to short honey stores. Hive 1 had only a small amount left and boy were they up in it and active! I had to put down a new newspaper because the other was pretty much gone. I dumped on about 3 pounds and bees were all over it.
I moved the entrance reducer to check for dead bees blocking the hole and the bees were right there and boiled out. I quickly pushed it back in.
Second hive- they hadn't touched the sugar yet, but I could hear them down in the hive. This hive went into winter with much more stores.

Last week I knocked on each of these hives and could hear nothing. No buzzing at all. I was pretty let down, figuring I'd lost these already. But I guess maybe they were too cold when I knocked on the hives, and just didn't respond like I thought they would.
So far, so good.:thumbsup:
 

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Well The brood ball can get very tight when its cold out so don't worry just yet.
 
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