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Submitted by Zac Clifton
My bees have endured the winter with great success. Debbie and I checked the bees back when we had a warm spell. That was about three weeks ago. The bees were doing great. They had a good amount of honey and pollen. We put two more hive boxes on top. One was for more space, which had frames in it and the other is empty for us to put sugar water, honey-bee-healthy, and a pollen patty in. Now since it has got colder the bees went back in to their huddle until it gets warm again, but it has got a little bit warmer, so we have taken off our winter rap. This is what has happened since the last time I wrote. Hope this year goes well; but if it did where would all the fun be in that.
Submitted by Zac in Q1
I have not messed with my bees other then 2-3 times because of the heat. The bees are doing fine and I have a good laying queen. Also, I have a good brood pattern. Preparing for the winter, I am going to get a candy board and set in the hive and also put a pollen patty in there, too. I will also wrap the hive in plastic to help keep heat in.
Submitted by Zac in Q3
The experience I’ve had with my bees has been unequal. Every time I get in to the hive I learn something new. I’ve learned the many ways that people do one thing so differently with working with the bees.
The last time I got into the hive was the day I went to do a presentation with Debbie [Knight]. That morning I went to a presentation for elementary kids. There were about 90 or 100 kids. I mostly held up posters about bees, while Debbie [Knight] talked to the kids. At the end Debbie [Knight] had me talk how I got interested in bees, and I thought for elementary kids sitting there for an hour and a half listening was pretty good. So, then when we got back Debbi [Knight]e goes and put up a frame she got in the morning. So, she opens up the hive and they just attack Debbie [Knight]. She waits a minute and goes and sprays honey-b-healthy on them but it doesn’t calm them down.
So then, Debbie [Knight] tells me to go get her smoker and a lighter, and from a distance I learn how to light and keep a smoker lighted. Then we added a brood box to my hive. That is about it.