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I am sure everyone has issues in the winter with cold weather and snow but it has been an interesting month here. It is now January 31st and here in Seattle it has rained (or snowed) every day this month. I truly wish I was kidding. In fact, the last day we did not have precipitation was Christmas. Through it all, the bees are doing just fine. Some of the woodenware has mushrooms growing on it (still not kidding) but inside the hives the bees are happily going about their business. Quillayte airport over on the Olympic peninsula here in WA state has already received 26.77 inches of rain for the month (still not kidding). I am glad I don't live there. So why am I telling you all about the rain here in Seattle? All of my queens originally came from the Olympic Wilderness Apiary which just happens to be on the Olympic Peninsula just north of Quillayute. Their queens and hives were raised in a temperate rain forest and over the years became totally suited to this kind of climate. My current queens are all either directly from there or are their descendants through queen rearing. I did have 2 hives this fall with southern California queens and neither made it through January. I wonder if there is a reason for that? In my opinion, If you live in an area with unique or harsh weather conditions, it really pays to get your queens locally or raise your own.

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I am sure everyone has issues in the winter with cold weather and snow but it has been an interesting month here. It is now January 31st and here in Seattle it has rained (or snowed) every day this month. I truly wish I was kidding. In fact, the last day we did not have precipitation was Christmas. Through it all, the bees are doing just fine. Some of the woodenware has mushrooms growing on it (still not kidding) but inside the hives the bees are happily going about their business. Quillayte airport over on the Olympic peninsula here in WA state has already received 26.77 inches of rain for the month (still not kidding). I am glad I don't live there. So why am I telling you all about the rain here in Seattle? All of my queens originally came from the Olympic Wilderness Apiary which just happens to be on the Olympic Peninsula just north of Quillayute. Their queens and hives were raised in a temperate rain forest and over the years became totally suited to this kind of climate. My current queens are all either directly from there or are their descendants through queen rearing. I did have 2 hives this fall with southern California queens and neither made it through January. I wonder if there is a reason for that? In my opinion, If you live in an area with unique or harsh weather conditions, it really pays to get your queens locally or raise your own.

Happy beekeeping!
South of you we had a couple of breaks last weekend that let the bees fly. But it did rain those days, just not in the afternoon when it warmed up.


Food, moisture, and mites are what are important in the Winter at my place.
 

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Yes it has been very depressing. Burlaps in the quilt boxes turned white with molds. Huge slugs live under the telescoping covers. I began to offer a small amount of pollen sub and warm water in my roofed BBQ area ~50 ft away from the hives and the bees come to collect them every day in light rain.
 

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Here on Vancouver Island it has rained everyday since Christmas. All my queens are raised locally and appear well adapted to our wet winters. So far, my four hives are doing well despite some white mould growing under the inner cover.
 
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