Monday, February 20, 2012

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Spring fever is really setting in today.  I want green plants and gardens and new calves and goslings and baby chicks and...  So I went down to the apiary and checked on the bees.  They are all doing really well except this one.  I could see the frost before I even opened the hive.  I thought, no way did they make it.  Frost is a death sentence for bees in the winter.  But there they were, buzzing around lookin' good.  I cleaned off the frost and hopefully they didn't get too wet.

I lost some hives to a late season bear earlier in the winter.  It was totally my fault.  I left the gate to the pen open because I thought all the bears had to be in hibernation by then.  Nope, there was one left.  A late season bear is usually a sick, old or under nourished bear that can't go into hibernation because they don't have enough fat stores.  It is the only time I ever worry about them because they are desperate for food at that time.  I never saw the bear though, just the damage he did to a couple hives.

Besides that it looks like all my bees made it through winter with flying colors.  Yay!!!

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  1. A shame the bear got some of your bees.. but hey, wonderful some survived! Last I knew my hive was still alive.. I think I will have to feed them when it warms back up though. It was so warm so late in the season, I am sure their stores are low!How many hives you have now? I just have one right now, but plan to add another this year. I love my bees!

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    1. Hey, thanks for reading my post. I had to try an experiment with the video. lol

      I have 16 hives right now in two different apiaries. I had three apiaries but the bear did the one in. I'll restart that this year. I'm pretty sure I'll be feeding my bees soon too.

      Yesterday I just had a bad case of spring fever and had to check on them. Today it's cold and snowing again so my spring fever has gone back on the shelf.

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  2. With that many hives, you sell honey, then?

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