In the middle of December I quickly checked the bees and found that they had consumed almost all the candy feed I had installed in the hives in November. At that time I added more candy assuming that it would be consumed in about a month (January).
Left: a closeup of the mess.
We have had a long spell of cold, probably five or six weeks where the bees have not been able to fly and take cleansing flights.
I will have to wait for warmer weather before I can check these two hives to see if any of the hive will survive the rest of the winter.
And I thought I was helping them.