A lovely sunny day today, so I biked the seven mile round trip to my out apiaries.
Flying bees at all three hives. Some had bright yellow pollen from (probably) crocus.
I checked their food when I did the (late) Varroa oxalic acid treatment a few weeks ago. There seemed to be a lot of fondant and ivy honey stored, so I didn't feed.
I'm really relieved. There is still a chance that their numbers will dwindle before they can get on will raising this year's brood.
The catkins are getting ready to flower - so pollen should be along very soon.
I've never used a substitute for pollen - I need to learn more about it.