I went to my main beeyard today late this afternoon and not a lot of activity because of this sneaky cold front that moved in yesterday. I saw some flying and did a really quick check on a few.
One was on the ground flipped over bees absconded, bummer, another it looks like a rat tried to get in and some of the bees were clustered on the exterior of that hive, a small amount of perhaps 25 bees, the rat lost however.
If I have to make a guess, I think I'll come out of this winter with 45 hives, went in with 50. Will have to go back and check when the weather warms. I also will have to build a new hive stand and move about 8 hives as the ground they are on now is sinking and they are tilting badly.