Its a good thing I don't have children, I would be a nervous wreck....i talked to my mentor/teacher today and he suggested to just leave them and see what happens, perhaps wrap the small hive to give some extra insulation so insure they can move around if they are a smaller cluster. He suggested to not feed patties to the small colony but rather the large colony. He just finished feeding all of his large colonies pollen patties. Of course he is getting them ready for pollination contracts so needs them to be ahead of the game for blueberries.
Cindi I think I saw a picture of your bear fence, it looks bombproof to me. The hive that got knocked over was outside of the hut at the time because I already had the two parent colonies inside the hut. Thats why I decided to make the apiary yard so big, because I don't want to not have space to put nucs or hives ever again. It was horrible to lose the swarm unecessarily.
MB thanks for the reply. Thats hopeful news. Kirk-o, that about sums it up, leave them alone....this is my first spring with over wintered bees so I'm a little bit of a worry wart. Getting so anxious to begin the season. Thanks for the replies!
PS cindi, I broke down and bought pollen from ron because I figured that I will need a lot this year and next, and can just freeze it like MB said, so thanks for offering some of your pollen, and Ill see you at the out of winter seminar next saturday.