Stupid bear.Well thats not happening as a bear decided to come and visit.
Winter was mild here In North Texas. Still lost 4 weak hives this winter. Rest of them are doing very well building up nicely as I write this. Starting this year with 21 hives.
PS: Made lots of frames this winter but still need to make boxes. Gotta work fast.
No where near enough rain out here on the Left Coast - back to drought conditions.
as of late February, the nights are starting to get a little bit warmer - warm days and cool nights lately, but that's changing rapidly.
thank you guys. This did suck, was just starting to really "get it" and grow.
JW thank you very much for the offer. I do have 2 packages and 2 overwinter nucs on order. New location and electric fence already picked up and set up. Hope this will make the hives alittle safer. Thanks again.
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Winter isn't going to be done until April
We had a very warm January and then a relatively hard February. Less than 2 weeks ago, we had a morning low of -13 F......yesterday, we hit 49 F, with a “dusting” of snow last night. So far, my two hives have survived. Will start feeding soon, just in case they’ve depleted their supplies. memtb
Pretty mild for Northwest Indiana. A few days around zero. Most about 20-30 deg and a few spikes into the 40's. Keeping an eye on supplemental feed as a few of the girls are up top already. Lost one weak nuc out of ten. All 27 colonies seem to be doing well. Not out of the woods yet though.
"Winter isn't going to be done until April" - I have learned not to trust the calendar, barely know what day of the week it is. Winter is over here with the first pollen coming into a hive (garlic is growing too). But! I do not plant warm weather veggies until the last full moon in May
It hit 56 degrees here today, and the bees are going crazy. Looks like mid-summer with all the bees in the air. Nothing for them to eat though. Daffodils and leeks just now popping up an inch out of the dirt. Nothing else growing at all.
12 degrees this AM, now 39. Tomorrow afternoon it should be over 50 (woohoo!) so I need to add some honey frames to 2 hives that are building up and put out some dry pollen, they should take it. All 20 were flying the other day including the dbl nuc; a few with smaller clusters. I hope they all make it, Ive lost good hives in April before.
Spring has started here today - one hive is bringing in two types of pollen - March 2, 2020. This is the earliest I have seen so far. Seventeen days ahead of last year.
I better hurry up with chores.
This is what is going on today in my Apiary, it's 64 here today. Winter so far has been strange, cold one day, warm the next. The bees have been bringing in pollen all season, dandelions have been blooming most of the winter. Anything can happen before mid April, so I count my chickens... I think a split is in my near future. Happy beekeeping!!
60s today and did my first inspection. All are doing well. Strongest hive already has 16 deep frames covered with bees. I put another deep on that one and checker boarded it. Put pollen sub on all the hives. Have never seen them this strong this early. 2 things I did differently this past year: besides the normal mite treatment times I also treated in May and fed them winter patties this season. That will be my plan going forward.
All flying today; looked into 3 honey stores good. I did find some nectar in a few cells, I have a feeling they are robbing the maple sap buckets/containers, there is nothing else out and it’s been too cold to fly.
And the bee tree was flying today,
No bees flying today out of 4 (well three I guess since I knew one was dead already). At least three had enough food with honey frames and mountain camp on top. In one hive I found a small dead cluster around the queen. I brushed the cluster aside and found a bunch of bees below it with their butts sticking out of the cells. I'm going to try to enclose a picture.
This sucks, four hives out of four didn't make it. I put mountain camp on top of the frames with a shim, then the inner cover, then a piece of 2" insulation that fit perfectly in the top cover. Now I'm wondering if the insulation made it too warm and there wasn't enough airflow up top to get rid of the moisture? But there was sugar below it, so I'm guessing that should've soaked up any dripping anyway. Idk, this is frustrating. It just seems I had better success overwintering last year with no inner insulation.
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Bummer dude. I do insulate my tops but do not do the sides. In years before I have did the shim with sugar and insulation just as you describe and the bees lived. I am in zone 5b and don't know if that is different. Wishing you the best.