I did a cutout in September of a very small colony in the enclosed window of a house. They had K-wing and obviously at least one other mite borne virus, so I didn't want to add them to one of my healthier colonies. And they had a viable queen. For all there were maybe a cup of bees. So I stuck them with their half a frame of brood in a medium nuc on top of my old truck and put a sticky board under the screened bottom board. and that was it. Til I hurt my shoulder the next week, and various and sundry other things went wrong. I did finally get them treated for mites when I got my fogger in, treated with OAV. I stuck sticks in the openings on either side of the entrance reducer to keep my bigger hives from robbing them out, and 2 days ago I sold the truck, so I moved them to the top of the deep bait hive I had in the apiary. I hadn't been able to feed since the cold started except a dribble on the screened jar opening when I carried out a bucket of open feed. Today it is cold, and I made fondant, 4 big plates of it, to do all my hives. I gave them enough fondant to get them through the winter. There are still at least a cup of bees, despite a couple of interrupted robberies. I put the fondant over top of where they were nestled between the 2 center frames, 3 of them came out to get me. I used a 1x2 spacer to make enough room for the thick candy, and put an inner cover on top of it and taped them together, with a screen in the ventilation spot on the cover to keep my other bees out. and I put a piece of styrofoam on TOP of the telescoping lid, to reduce cold from the top. There is still a sticky board under the screened bottom board, and they are sitting on a full telescoping top (my big hives are on a pipe stand, for ventilation) They are on their own. I don't want to kill their queen for a paltry cup of bees to add to my bigger hive that likely wouldn't be accepted anyway. They have come through a couple of freezes so far. It will be 50 tomorrow. I will open and feed the big hives and change their lids to winter lids then. If Texas had real winters they wouldn't stand a chance. But I've pulled a 2 frame nuc through a winter before.