Experience is a brutal teacher. But you learn, my God, do you learn.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

"You Gotta Have Faith"

On Friday, December 16, 8" of snow fell in my area of the mountains. Up to 2' of snow was recorded in other areas of the mountains and some folks are still without power. Thankfully, power was not lost at my house. My biggest concern has been that I couldn't get into the garden to check on the hives. The gate has been frozen shut. Today, December 27, I finally got it open enough to squeeze through. On my initial visit to the hives, there were no bees to be seen. I rapped on both and got a reassuring hum from Ora, but nothing from Walter. This had been exactly the opposite response 2 weeks ago. I pulled the boards from underneath the screened bottoms and could see obvious signs of activity in each hive so I was not too worried. I also removed the entrance reducers and could see some dead bees in each hive but not enough to be concerned. Bees die in the cold. I walked back to the house and after a few minutes I thought I saw some bees flying and decided to take another trip to see what was going on. There were lots of bees pouring out of Walter! Hungry bees! I keep sugar syrup stored in the fridge, just in case, so I took out the Boardman feeder and back to the garden I went. The following pix show the girls hungrily lapping up the sugar syrup. The bees in Ora never did come out, but obviously things are fine inside and this hive is still heavy with stored honey. Once again, the 2 hives have behaved in complete opposite manner to the other but bottom line is that both are fine. I keep humming George Michaels - "You Gotta Have Faith".

This is the bottom board in Ora. There is debris caused by activity in the front, middle of the hive. I assume this is where the bees are clustered. There is also some varroa in each hive. Yuck.


Ngaio said...

Yes, the bees certainly do their own thing and always seem to know when it is right for them - they never cease to amaze me with their instinctive patterns of living.

My new swarm is out and about, lots more bees flying then the last swarm I had, they seem to be quite small yet. I will take a peep inside during the week.

It is raining gently today,a nice change from the heat and the land really needs some moisture. I am pleased I didn`t cut my lawns as there are plenty of dandylion flowers, clover and daisys flowering for my new bees.

Kat said...

Glad to hear your bees are doing fine. They sure are complicated.

Cliff W said...

I checked on my hive today as it's been very cold (relatively) for about a fortnight now. I covered up the hive with some insulation and gave them some fresh unfrozen water. One or two workers came out to see what all the fuss was but soon headed back inside!

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Barbara's Spot on the Blog said...

You've got some nice sun shining on those feeders. Great to see the bees will take feed even in winter.

vicree said...

Looking for an amber honey dish? Guess who has one?

Lynn said...

So, if someone in the family might have one, I'm on my way to Winder tomorrow! Well, no, not tomorrow, because I'm on my way to Asheville for some good times with friends, but soon! Hold onto it for me!

BTW - How did you get the black eye? Not sure if I should Facebook, email, or blog? Too many choices.

vicree said...

All are good choices. I look forward to each one. Your cuz has two hives...you will enjoy hearing how he got the second one.