Checked the hives today, in the low 50s - bees were flying from all three hives. I even saw some of the bees bringing in pollen. Not much of the sugar water had been taken, perhaps they are finding stuff outside (seems awful early).
I had taken the top box off of Hive #3 back in the late fall because it was empty and the one below it was only partially full. This hive was brimming with bees out of the inner cover so I am going to put another box back on it tomorrow. I took the box I had in the garage on some para-moth crystals and set it outside to air out before putting it back on the hive. I am assuming one day af airing out will be enough(?)
It was really glad to see the bees had made it to this point in the winter, probabaly still some cold days ahead, but good news.