Today it reached 65 degrees after 4 very cold nights down into the 20s. On Thursday I grabbed the hive and lifted it to check the weight. I thought it was getting light, bees need 10 pounds of honey a week when they are raising brood, that is 40 pounds for just February. With all the recent pollen that has been brought back to the hive I suspected the bees were raising brood so I was a little worried they needed syrup as a supplement.
I put on all the gear, gave them a little smoke and opened up the hive. The upper super had 3-4 frames of partially filed honey last I check in late fall, today 2 frames maybe half full of honey. The deep box in the middle was slap full of honey(10 frames) in the fall, today it was still full best I could tell.
This is a full frame of honey from the middle deep box. It came from the end of the box, bees fill the frames from the center and work to the outside. So we have lots of honey for the bees to make it through the winter still. Question is have the bees refilled these frames as they fed on the honey? Or have they subsided mostly on what they have found during warm winter days? Before I opened the hive I saw hundreds of bees bringing in pollen.