Zachary Huang, Michigan State University
Last Saturday the high was about 35F (2C). I thought I would check my bees at one yard. By the time I went there it was 5:48 pm and about 34F. The snow was near the bee hives were still more than 1 ft deep and the snow got into my short boots, making me felt quite cold.
1. The road leading to the apiary was quite icy! I doubt that these ice will melt in 2-3 days by then we will have a cold spell again. Try to step on the brakes here and you will have a skiing car.
２. Hives in the snow…
３. Snow around the hives.
I had a total of 10 colonies here. The first 8 were all dead! Then the last one had a handful of bees near the top, so I was trying to take a top super from one hive to put on top of this one and then the one I thought was dead had bees below the top super! Quite strong and about 50 bees dropped to the snow due to my breaking of their cluster….I am hoping this one would survive for another month… I had to steal a different super to put on top of the weak one, which I do not think will make it through.
so in total, I have 1.5 alive out of 10. I have 2 smaller apiaries to check and I assume they would be similar or worse.
I hope your bees are doing better!
I ordered 20 packages this year, the most I have bought over the last 15 years.