some bees survived
To my astonishment, some bees survived this winter. I checked on a warm day last month and found the queen and a good number of workers dead in the upper hive box. But on warm days the last two weeks there are some buzzing around. I can't tell you how glad I am to have overwintered even a few.
Perhaps it was our first try at insulating or that we took no honey last fall because production was very, very low.
What should I do? I have a queen package on order. On a warm still day can I smoke and assess the condition of the rest of the hive?
I need to re-queen, don't I? The hive is not swarming with bees, so I assume I should start again this spring. Will the old and new combine without problems?
Finally, will the honey that overwintered be adequate for the surviving bees now, or should I be feeding sugarwater?