The days are getting longer (southern hemisphere) with the Queen's egg production increasing, and the brood nest growing. The result is an increasing colony in preparation for Spring. The bees might start raising queen cells in preparation for swarming.
When weather permits, inspect hives for health issues and for queen cells to prevent swarming. The ideal day for a hive inspection is 20 degrees and no wind. Don't open the hive for your inspection of frames during cold weather.
It is still winter, therefore checking hives from the outside, lifting from the rear to assess the weight of honey stores and keeping the entrance clear of weeds is still needed. Finish your preparation of boxes, frames and equipment for next season.
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