Figured I would help build the site by starting a bee thread. Make sure your girls are staying dry and protected from the wind. Fall mite treatments should be done by now. Check hives for food stores and feed as needed, not when you feel like it. Starvation is one of the leading winter killers of Honey Bees. If you have some light hives feed them 2 parts sugar to 1 part water and never have the heat on after adding sugar. Heating sugar will cause it to caramelize. The caramelized sugar will poison the bees. Pollen patties or pollen substitute may be needed as well.