zone 3 240 colonies
Total newbee here, made every mistake that is in the books, my latest is I fed good (15% pollen) pollen sub patties on March 8th. I am in zone 3, we have 3 feet of snow on the ground and have had no flying weather since. Yesterday I went to see the bees and they were coming out of the entrance and taking little bitty cleansing flights (there was poop in the snow). Trouble is the wind was blowing temp was at 30F and many (1/4 to 1/2 cup below each entrance) were not making it back into the hive. It will be a couple more days before temps hit 40F and then there is rain in the forecast. How much damage have I done? Any advice? I am intentionally going for early build up as I plan to do much splitting later.