Here in Central Kentucky yesterdays temperature was 74 degrees, so I decided to go through my hives. I just couldn't wait any longer. Out of 18 hives I started into the winter with I have lost 5 so far. This is somewhat disturbing, but 2 of my losses were nucs which I thought I may lose. The other 3 surprises me though. They were strong colonies with lots of bees and honey going into the winter. However they were my only Italian bees. These were 3 packages of Georgia Italians that I started last spring. The rest of my bees are Russian cross and except for one hive they all look fine. The one Russian that I am concerned with only has about 1/2 frame of bees and about 1/2 frame of honey. I put some sugar water on them yesterday but I don't know if they will make it. Our temperature is suppose to drop down in the high teens tonight, but then we are suppose to start warming back up after tomorrow. I am wondering what I should do with this hive. Should I just continue to feed them and see what happens? Since no other hives are laying much and none of them have enough resources to steal from, I don't know much else to do. Incidentally, I did find the queen in each of my surviving hives.