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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Monday, December 7, 2015

The bees right now

Not much happening on the bee front right now. The hives should now be covered with winter wraps. The warm weather has made it not essential to do it immediately in early November, but it is good to finish the task before the darkside of winter is upon us.
 The current temperatures are just perfect for the bees. Too cool for brood rearing but warm enough for minimal consumption of food stores. This will help beekeepers who went into winter a little on the light side of honey stores.
 The long term outlook for December is warmer than normal, with highs cooling into the 30's.
 As long as the weather stays warmer than normal,  the bees should stay in good condition.
Beekeepers that did not treat for Varroa may find a lump of coal in their stocking with a colony that died out early, in spite of this perfect winter weather we are experiencing.