February Hive Check

Sadly, we're down to one hive from 5 heading into winter.  It has been a tough season, with temperatures at 20 below zero on several occasions.  Right now we have about 8 inches of snow  on the ground and  the lows have been single digits in the past week. 
Hives that were lost were lost due to starvation and/or cold.  Still, I was able to pull two full boxes of honey frames off the dead hives, so there was plenty of food in them. Hopefully, we'll get the  last hive through to spring.  I have a full box of honey on top of the hive that hasn't been touched, and added a winter patty today as well.
Here, at 42 degrees, the bees are out enjoying the sunshine, getting drinks from melting snow and pooping!



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