This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Deep Freeze

I hope everyone covered their bees. The cold weather is testing the genetics of the European Honey Bee.
 The European Honey Bee is found on every continent except Antarctica. They are as mid spread as the human race and have proved time and again how adaptable they really are.
 The current cold weather should not be a problem with the bees. The few things that beekeepers do for their bees such as covering their hives, locating them in a windbreak of trees or hay bales, having a young queen that has not gone through a winter yet, treating for varroa in August, and having enough food.
 Having provided these things for the hive will greatly increase the odds of survival of the colony. Take away one or more of the wintering to do's and the odds of survival will be more challenging.
 Honey bees are amazing creatures and their will to survive never ceases to surprise a beekeeper.What a thrill it is when we check our hives in February and find the bees alive and well.
Peeking in February