Hello all -
I originally started this thread in an attempt to firugre out two main things. When in "emergency" feeding necessary, and what to do when it is deemed necessary. This thread has turned into a stinger size contest and to that I'm disappointed. So, I have some information about my situation that I'd appreciate some advice on... The temp got to 39F/4C today so I decided to look under the inner cover. Low and behold - lots and lots of bees in a ball/cluster. I know I was instructed to look for honey but to be honest I didn't feel comfortable disturbing the cluster any more than I already did. Therefore, I dont know the quantity of honey status.
Now my question's are these:
1) Is it ok/normal for the cluster to be so far up - the bees I saw were above the frames of the top deep and beneath the inner cover. It was like they were stuck to the bottom of the inner cover so when I lifted it up it the bees formed like a bridge.
2) What can I assume? Can I assume they have some honey and are ok or can I assume they are running out therefore emergency action is required? Or should I not assume anything and lift the inner cover up and look harder for evidence of honey?
3) At this point what should I do?
In summary - I have to say that I couldn't be more excited in that all three hives have a large quantity of bee's present. We have mild temps forecasted for this week so should I need to do something this week may be one that I could do it in.
Thanks and should you have any constructive advice specifically related to this topic please feel free to contribute otherwise please start your own thread where you can argue and go back and forth all you want. Furthermore, should you want to start a thread about insulating or heating hives you can start your own thread. Thank you in advance for respecting this request.