There are so many variances I run across, hives loaded with honey & numbers this time of year, many though down to a couple of fists of bees and hardly any honey stores. Perhaps just enough stores to get them by until spring.
I had to remove a colony from a fallen tree last night & was able to cut a small stump like piece with a knot where the bees were primarily clustered. I gave them to my friend Bailey. He knows they will have to be fed.
Thing is, the tree had been down for about a week. In warmer temps shb would have devestated this colony within two days time. SHB did some damage but the bees were able to survive & hopefully they will survive come spring.