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  1. Journey11
    February 1, 2011

    Thanks for the link to the nosema video. I’m on my second winter with my bees and haven’t experienced nosema before, so the description of the symptoms in the video was very helpful. We reached 45 degrees last Saturday and I noticed my bees out relieving themselves. They’re looking good at this point!

  2. Donna Frizzell
    February 2, 2011

    Here in Cape Breton most of my bees spend the winter in the top boxes or about half way between. The bottom boards will be full of dead bees in the spring. Some hives more than other, but that is normal as the older bees die off. I think your bees are doing just fine.

    • Phillip
      February 2, 2011

      Thanks, Donna. I think our bees are doing just fine too. Though I’ll have extra candy cakes ready just in case.

  3. Phillip
    February 18, 2011

    The long range forecast doesn’t call for above freezing temperatures until March 4th:

    If the forecast is correct, the bees are on their own at least until March. Hopefully the candy cakes will pull them through. I’ve actually seen them eating the candy cakes, so I don’t think they’ll be starving any time soon. Though I’m curious to check out the frames in the spring to see how much honey they consumed. Clustering on top of the frames can indicate they’ve run out of honey stores, but I’m still not convinced. I’ve read on some forums that given a choice between honey and sugar cakes, some colonies prefer sugar (just like some kids prefer junk food, I suppose).

    At any rate, it looks like the hives won’t get any pollen or extra sugar cakes until March. They’ve had the sugar cakes for about a month now. It’ll be interesting to see how much of the cakes they’ve eaten.

  4. Phillip
    February 18, 2011

    I spoke to soon. The forecast was wrong. It went up to a balmy 2°C in the backyard this afternoon. We added extra pollen patties and candy cakes. Videos and photos coming later today.

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