2022 Jan 8 – Winter Entrance

Today’s photo is a picture of the hive entrance to my top bar hive Saturn. You can see how the bees have blocked off part of the entrance with propolis. They often do this if the bees decide they don’t need as much room during the winter. The smaller entrance protects the hive from wind and helps keep potential intruders out.

In the summer, the bees coat every nook and cranny with propolis, gluing the hive and frames tight with propolis seals. Propolis can be hard on beekeepers, but is antimicrobial and helps protect the hive from disease, wind, and small invaders.

As you can see in the below picture of the full hive, we’ve had some snow lately, roughly 9 inches total this week (which is unusual for us). The sun has melted the snow on part of the hive. I tried to scrape off the rest but the ice was frozen solid, so it will have to stay for another day at least.

May you prosper and find honey.

2022 Jan 3 – Happy New Year

Welcome to a new year, hopefully a bit better than the last one. I thought I would try something new, given my dearth of posts this past year. I plan to post a short status and a picture or two at more regular intervals, and we’ll see how this goes. Today we had our first real snow of the season, so I thought it would be a good time to begin.

I have 8 hives overwintering, including two nucs insulated for the winter and four 8-frame Langstroth hives. You can just make out the other Langstroth hives at the top of the photo. I cleaned off the entrances to allow better air flow into the hives.

I also have two top bar hives, which are shown below.

May you prosper and find honey in the new year.