Still Alive and Buzzing!

 It's the final weekend in January, and the temperature today, even with a layer of snow remaining on the ground from our December storm, reached the mid-40's.  With another storm coming in early next week, followed by a cold front, we decided to take a look at the bees to see how they were doing with supplies.  As you can see, there remained plenty of food yet from the feed we gave two weeks ago.  There is even still some of the sugar cakes we had put in in December.  So, we didn't add any.  You can see a number of bees clinging to the cloth on the bottom of the quilt box.
Last year at this time we were down to one hive already, so it is good to see the bees appearing to be well.  There certainly were big numbers in each hive and it's good they are able to get out for cleansing flights and to get needed water.  There is still a lot of winter to go, but I continue to be optimistic about the use of the quilt boxes for humidity control.
If we get a warm spell in several weeks, I might mix up a bit of the pollen feed and begin feeding that.  Typically queens have begun laying by mid-February here.
Update:    Superbowl Sunday.  Temps in the forties and bees flying at all hives.  Gave each a little food.


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