Monday, February 20, 2012
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!!!