I'll admit it: I've been worried about the little critters. I was nervous too. What if they were all dead? What if I am a complete failure as a Bee Mama? In the recent newsletter from the MS Beekeepers Association, Harry Fulton admonished beginners to watch their hives and make sure they never had less than 3 frames of honey. Did we leave them enough stores to get through the winter?
We walked out to Bee Hill. The sky was gorgeous, there was a slight breeze, and the temperature was in the mid-40s. The bees, we thought, were all snuggled up inside their hives.
|Bees coming and going in Hive 1.|
We decided to start with the smallest hive, Hive 4, the barbecue bees. They're the only colony that had only one super going into the winter. They're also the ones that have been on my mind, thinking they'd be dead from the cold and lack of stores.
|Hive 4 is ready to rumble.|
|A single bee heads straight for the pollen patty on Hive 2.|