This is only my second winter trying to overwinter bees and I want to make sure I get things right, especially with this strange warm weather we are having. I was able to take a peek under the covers today, though I didn't open up completely so as not to disturb too much. The bees looked healthy so far, though they were at the top of the hive (2 deeps).
It looked like there was plenty of capped honey across the entire top box and the bees were moving freely. I have one russian hive and one carniolan hive.
I am taking a very "hands-off" approach with my bees as I just love having them in the yard and I know how much honeybees are struggling; honey for me is secondary. With that said, I do want to make sure my bees don't starve. How do I know if I *need* to feed to make sure they make it, when I don't want to feed unless I have to?