First day of winter

Last Saturday was the first day of winter, the winter solstice and a warm one at 70ºF though still windy and threatening rain. The bees were out in force and I was able to take a quick peek at the top boxes just by lifting off the covers. All but one of the top boxes had just a smattering of bees, the purple hive had a lot more over the top frames which worried me. Either the cluster is huge or they’ve used more food. So I added a candy board just to be on the safe side and they were all over it, even on the cold days. I’ll keep an eye on it and try to get a deeper look when the weather is better.

Here are a couple of brief videos of the activity at the hives:

Makes for a happy beekeeper 🙂



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