Winter Beekeeping with a Vengeance

Subtitled: Checking on Bees That Were Buried in Snow For More Than a Month

I still haven’t posted a video of the big storm from January 17th, 2020, that buried most of my hives, but it’s coming. It’s a spectacle, not really a beekeeping video.

This is what my “beeyard” looked like on January 18th, 2020.

In the meantime, I’ve put together two videos of the same thing — a 7-minute video for people who just want to see the bees and not hear me babble on about stuff, and the 25-minute unabridged version of the first inspections I did with these hives since they got snowed in over a month ago. It’s longer than the typical killing-time-at-work video, but it may be worth a look for new beekeepers who want to get into the nitty-gritty of winter beekeeping. I cover a lot on ground in this one. (Watching it in segments and coming back to it throughout the day might be the best bet.) It’s interesting how snowshoes have become standard beekeeping gear for me since the storm. And by interesting I mean annoying.

Here’s the highlights reel:

Here’s the full version:

I don’t have time to outline everything that I cover in this video, but I’ll update this post with that info later this week when I get a chance.

Postscript: It looks like I’ve been spelling vengeance wrong my whole life. It’s not vengence; it’s vengeance with an A. I’ve corrected it in the title of this post, but the wrong spelling will have to stay in the video. It’s too much hassle to correct it.

March 2nd, 2020: At one point in the long video I mention how certain hives will likely get buried in snow again the next day. Well, today is the next day and I was right. Call me Nostradamus.

I think I’ve already seen this movie. (March 2nd, 2020.)