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Beekeeping Bees Hive Maintainance

Summer Dearth and Starving Bees

The smoker waits near the hive to be lit.

It had been approximately three weeks since I had last inspected the hives on my property entirely.  It was time to go in yesterday and take a peek at the bees’ status.  The first hive I opened was Briar. Everything looked great! There were eggs, lots of brood and the two lower deeps were filled with honey.  The bees started filling the first frame of the honey super and their mood was pleasant.  The girls were content to line up on the frames in the hive and stare up at me with curious little bee eyes.  They left me alone and did not care that I was inspecting their home sweet home.

Beekeeping Bees Hive Maintainance

A Peek at the Beehives in Winter

Last, week the hives were covered in snow.

Earlier this week I went to our monthly local beekeeper’s meeting.  As always, it is so wonderful connecting with folks, checking in with them and hearing updates about their lives and the bees.  Over the course, of chatting, I quickly learned that many folks had already lost their hives and were busy ordering nucs and packages to replace their lost colonies in the spring.  As the temperatures were expected to warm up this week, I decided that I needed to take a peek into my hives sooner than later. Peeking at beehives in winter can be tricky.