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Hello,

I started with three colonies last spring, The bees looked to be in good shape this fall with lots of stored honey. I cracked the lid a few weeks ago and only one colony had a few bees at the top of the two hive bodies. I checked this week in the warmer weather and two of the colonies have quite a few bees at the top of the two hive bodies. They seem to be on the center two or three frames, with a lot of capped honey on the two or three frames around the cluster. Will they move to those frames to survive or do I need to feed them candy since it is only getting to 35 degrees here for the next few days. Any help would be appreciated.

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Don
 

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They will move.

35 Degrees is not too terribly cold, so the bees
can be expected to be able to move around in the
hive during a day when the low is 35.

If you are worried about feed, "heft" the hive
by tilting it, and compare the feel with an
equal-sized stack of supers. Bees weigh almost
nothing, so the difference you feel will be
the stores. If one feels "too light", slap
on a feeder, as bees can utilize a hive-top
feeder when the outside temp is in the high
30s. They can't fly at those temps, but they
do walk around in the hive.

You can feed candy, but it is a lot of extra
work.
 

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Fed mine cane syrup today. Ungrateful girls, tried to sting me for my efforts. It was in the 50's and added about a gallon of syrup per hive in top box feeders. Dribbled some done into the hive to let them know there was something for them up above.
 
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