I went through them today, popping the covers, and found several hives that will need a new sugar cake within the next week. Due to the lack of resources they were capable of finding this fall, sugar is all many of them have. Looks like I will have to stay on top of it, come rain or - 50 degree temps and winds.. I usually manage to avoid getting into the hives for any reason during the winter, but if I want live bees in the spring, it looks like my fingers are going to get a little frost bite!
To this point, they are doing exceptionally well. With some grit and determination I hope to keep ALL of them alive through the next two or three months!
I'm hoping yall don't have as much a struggle ahead of you as I do!