|Posted on February 14, 2016 at 11:35 AM|
February has reminded us that it truly is winter. It did take awhile to get here. We are now into the time of the year when all our preperations for winter come into play. Did the bees go into winter with enough stores? Is the wind block good enough? Are the mouse guards and entrance reducers doing their jobs? Now is a time we all sit and wait. These cold days are not the time to be opening the hives to check on our girls. We need to wait until the next warm day with no wind. I would prefer a 50 degree day but if you know one of your hives are light on stores its better to slip some feed then to let them starve. I prefer winter patties for an emergency feed for the bees. It has the sugars and a little bit of protein to help them get through the next couple of weeks as we wait for the maples, pussy willows, and finally dandelions to mark the beginning of natural pollen. Now is also a great time to be building all the equipment you will be needing for the current years expansion. Make sure that you get your packages ordered now, because as people start checking on their hives and counting winter losses packages will begin to sell out. If nothing else today is a good day to sit by the fire and read those bee magazines that have collected from last spring and summer while we were to busy with the bee's. Stay warm and start those preperations for the coming season.