The girls had food, but I'm guessing the population wasn't sufficient to keep the hive warm enough during the protracted cold spell known as the 2014 Winter Vortex.
I had put candy boards on this hive, late this fall. The board still had plenty of candy on it when I checked the hive. It did not look as if it had been touched, really.
The bees had decent stores in the late fall, but not a lot. I did not take any honey from this hive as it was a new colony. Their population was a bit lower than I like.
1. In hind sight, I should have combined these with the other colony I lost. That would have saved both. But who can predict the weather?
2. The other idea would have been to boost the population in the fall. Frankly, I'm not a very good judge of how much is enough, other than going by weight. But on the newer colony, I should have simply done it.
Until next time, see you around the hive!