Visited the outyard today to drop off new hive stands and check in on the girls. 70 degrees. Bees flying strong.
Opened up 3 Langs and a TBH to check on them. Good reserves. None had sealed brood, so it the queens have stopped laying for that short period in Texas winters. The donated hive had some bad combs, and plastic foundation. Ugg. I tore out 2 mangled frames, cut out lots of burr comb where he had left out frames, and left the honeycomb out to be robbed out by the bees.
Overall, winter is the time when hives have the fewest bees. Which makes it a great time to fix cross-comb problems, rotate out bad frames, and other manipulations that are invasive. Just be quite careful to not crush a queen. They can’t raise another until the drones fly.