I have a colony rescued from a possum box without Queen or brood. After requeening, the colony was progressing nicely until Autumn when the locals began robbing the snot out of my hive. As a noob, I though that was just the hive being active. I checked the hive and found zero stores of honey so I fed them a little. That’s better, they are “active” again! Then the activity died down so I fed them again - Joy, more “activity”.
Lesson learned, robbing screen fitted.
That was a couple of months ago and I still see robbing attempts but no longer an issue.
My colony is currently very small but still alive. Here is the slide out tray below the cluster. It’s about softball size.
I’ve given them a little dry sugar but they appear not to be using it.
Here’s hoping they make it through the rest of winter.