Here’s what I see at this moment.

WINTER HIVE It’s time to wrap the hives.

NOTE (Nov. 15/10): I’ve been busy with work, life and house renovations (the latter being the worst of the bunch). I still haven’t wrapped my hives, but when I do, I’ll probably follow this lesson from Long Lang Honey Bee Farms.

By the way, I highly recommend their online beekeeping lessons to anyone who wants to get into beekeeping.

By the way #2: The Mud Songs sidebar links to other online beekeeping resources that have helped me along the way. They’re all worth checking out.

More later when I have a chance to come up for air.

8 Responses to “First Snow”

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  1. Tis that time…sad to see it but I’m sure you will wrap them nicely and they will come out in the spring ready to give’r. I look forward to seeing more as the winter passes along.

  2. Marcia says:

    I read that snow is a good insulation against the cold – is that right ?

    Where I live in NZ it is temperate, this part of the country does not get snow, the lowest temp during winter would be -4 or 5C, further south gets colder and as the bottom of the South Is `next stop Antarctica` hives need to be protected more.

  3. Phillip says:

    I read that snow is a good insulation against the cold — is that right?

    That’s what I’ve heard too. Winters in St. John’s, Newfoundland, are generally wet and, well, unpleasant. I suspect the wet and the wind will affect the hives the most.

    Where I live in NZ it is temperate…

    New Zealand doesn’t show up on my visitors map. That’s no good. I’ll see what I can do about that.

    I’ve been too busy working for my so-called living to wrap the hives or get out in my backyard, or even read comments. But I plan to wrap the hives today. And as usual, I have no real idea exactly how I’m going to do it. I think I’m just going to strap on the tar paper (or felt, whatever it’s called) instead of nailing it or stapling it on.

    UPDATE: It went up to 16° C today and the bees came back to life. I put out two Boardman feeders on top of each hive and they sucked it down fast. Too many bees around to wrap the hive. I’ll wait until a slightly colder day.

  4. jeff says:

    ok, it is november 6, 2010 and the bees are bringing in pollen today. Where in the heck are they finding pollen around here this time of year. It dropped to -3 the other night.

    Crazy….

  5. Phillip says:

    I know, it’s wacky. My bees were clustered for a while and then yesterday they got out and some managed to come back with pollen, a white pollen, wherever that’s coming from.

  6. jeff says:

    they have takend down another 3 liters of sugar syrup over the last 2 days. I’m debating if I should give them some more with teh jar feeder inside the box. I also had two boardman feeders going the last two days too so they had 3 feed sources.

  7. Phillip says:

    they have taken down another 3 litres of sugar syrup over the last 2 days.

    Mine emptied both 500ml jars yesterday. I added two more today. I have the insulation on top of the inner covers, so I’m not removing the outer covers until next spring. I just don’t want to mess with the hives. I keep the Boardman feeders on top of the hives until it gets cold again.

    I didn’t think I’d be mixing syrup this late in the year.

  8. Phillip says:

    I just put a wrap around Hive #1, but my wrap is only 2 feet wide, so I may have to put another wrap on the top and overlap it. I used a staple gun like in the Long Lane video. I got it on video, but it was getting dark, so I don’t know how much there is to see. If the weather isn’t too bad this weekend, I’ll completely wrap up both hives.

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