OK, bees. Let's see what you're made of.
If I'm right that they've started brood, today's freezing temperatures will be very hard on them. Food stores will only get lower, and now they have to keep the brood warm and the queen. #🐝
I gave them a little more raw sugar. They've used half of the honey they had last I saw. I bet they're starting brood. I pulled the panel from the bottom and scraped it off. 37 dead SHBs. Noted white wax shavings, so they're building something. #🐝
Yesterday this worker was searching through the dirt for a while. Pretty unusual behavior. Bees do seek out minerals that they're not getting in their diet otherwise. That's why they like dirty water over clean.