It went up to 11°C today. Is it safe to say winter is over yet? I don’t know.
The colony in the above photo was slow to wake up from winter. The foundationless hive that went into winter with a small cluster has been the most active in the past few weeks. That colony may have more Carniolan genes helping its population bounce back early. The slower-to-wake-up colony my have a greater Italian lineage, high on honey production but slow to build up in the spring. But who really knows? Either way, all four colonies seem to be doing well now. They went mad with orientation and cleansing flights today.
It’s been too cold and wet to inspect any of the hives, and I don’t think I’ll have time to do anything with the bees for another two weeks.
Sometime around April 21st, weather permitting, we’ll inspect all four hives and reverse the brood boxes, and maybe put on some feeders. We’ll see.
They’re not bringing in pollen yet (because there is no pollen to bring in), but hopefully it’ll be a different story by this time next week.