Honeybees are active all year long. You can see in the picture a couple of my colonies coming out for a cleansing flight after a bit of January snow. Most of winter they are clustered to keep themselves warm but on mid 40's sunny days with little wind you'll see them out and about. I find this a good time to see how the colonies are doing on food stores and add winter patties if necessary. Even during the winter there's opportunities to work with your bees!
Now that the cold weather has set in it's time to start working on new wooden ware. When I first started beekeeping I wanted to make every part of the setup myself. After making hive bodies, inner/outer covers, bottom boards and a couple hundred frames I decided to focus on the parts that were most cost effictive. Now I stick to making bottom boards and hive covers. I can't seem to get lumber cheap enough to justify my time on hive bodies and frames are a ton of work. The