January 25, 2016 (Monday)
It’s been an uneventful winter up til now. Mother nature just hit us with a good 3 feet of snow this past weekend. I know that’s not a big deal for some of you northern folks, but for us Marylanders, that’s a butt load of snow!
How are the bees? To bee honest, I won’t really know until the temperatures rise so I open the hives and add candy. I’m hoping they have enough bees to stay warm and enough food to keep them going. As I cleared snow off the hives, I did notice some dead bees in front of the entrances. One or two flew out to see what was going on. That’s always a good sign.
January is the time for clustering and keeping warm. February and March is the time when they begin to produce more bees in preparation for spring, so keeping them fed and well ventilated during that time will be key to a strong start come spring. Pollen patties are also on my to-do list.
As we were snowed in, I made a nice 10 lb batch of candy for the girls. And we can’t forget the birds either, so I melted some tallow that had been rendered for soaps and mixed in some bird seed to make suet cakes. Next week we cold crash and bottle a 10 gallon batch of blueberry mead, which will go on to age indefinitely. We’re staying busy with indoor activities, but definitely looking forward to spring. Hope everyone’s bees are doing well. Stay safe and warm.