|Last, week the hives were covered in snow.|
I knew that my bees were still alive. I had seen them a few weeks ago buzzing around the blooming Heath in the yard. In fact, they were even inside my house! A contractor working one day left the front door ajar. I guess the bees were curious. It took me a while to realize what was flying inside my home. I was happy to say that they left as quickly as they had arrived.
When keeping bees it is always recommended to start with two hives if finances permit. This has several benefits. You can always compare them to one another. Sometimes, you can identify problems in the hive much quicker. You can also do some manipulation between the hives to help an ailing or failing hive too.(but that is for another post all together)
Yesterday the temperature reached 46 degrees F and the sun was peeking out from the clouds. I suited up. I then, with my hive tool in hand, headed over to the hives. There was no activity to be seen at the entrances. The hives were quiet.
First, I decided to open the hive closest to the house, the one I have called Briar. I removed the outer cover and with the hive tool, pried the inner cover open. I discovered that the bees had begun to eat the candy board that I had placed on the hive. There were a few dead bees on the candy board but no signs of life. Were they dead? I quickly replaced both covers not wanting to chill the bees and then I squatted on the ground near the hive. I gave a gently tap on the side of the hive. A buzz. I heard lots of buzzing. They were still alive. This was a good sign. They must just be deeper down in the hive utilizing their stored honey as fuel instead of the candy board at this time.
|Inside Briar, no signs of activity|
|Willow was buzzing with lots of active happy bees.|
|A bit of mold on the top of the inside cover.|
|A touch of mold inside one corner of the outer cover|
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Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest