Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Winter has arrived
I was able to vaporize and cover all my hives before this weather hit. If you did not get around to covering your hives, now is the time to do it.
If winter patties have been on for longer than two weeks, it may be a good idea to go out and take a peek to see if the patties are still there.
The warmer than normal temperatures had the bees spread throughout the hive. In some cases the bees have been eating the sugar patties. So, check it out, replace as necessary. Now with the colder weather, the bees should stay clustered below the winter patties. If the hive has enough food the bees should be in the box below the top box.
The warm weather has been an easy time for the bees. Honey consumption over the last month has been very low. Normally bees eat about 12 lbs of honey per month in the winter months. Over the last month, the honey consumption has probably been around 7 lbs (depending on cluster size).
Now beekeepers can take a break. The season is over, the hives are covered and treated for mites. All the bees are ready for the rigors of winter.