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yes a little sigh of relief. our weather has been blustery with off and on scattered showers all day. the forecast is for an ice storm tomorrow nite. i had planned all week for today to be the day for me to recheck my hives, as the forcast had been for a day with temps near 50’s. well, it never did get very pleasant today and you have to be careful not to get bees all riled up on a nasty day, as they will break their winter cluster, start eating more honey, loose the combined heat of the cluster and be depleting their winter stores. so, since not very nice out i just went out and bent down low enough to get a good look at the beehives landing boards and see if it looked like they were drier. thankfully they were, so my actions the other day did help. just keeping fingers and toes crossed that the pink hive will be okay now. they had alot dead the other day, although it was encouraging to know the queen must still be alive, or i don’t imagine they would have even bothered to make the cluster in the upper hive body. i guess spring will tell!each of the hives did have a few dead bees on their landing boards, which is normal and good. i think the most at one of them was 4 dead. what was also good is that these bodies appeared dry, (yipee!) and i could see no deformities, such as deformed wing virus or anything. i had got nervous toward the fall time as i had found 2 bees outside of the hives, crawling around, and these two bees had very small wings, like you would see with deformed wing virus. was really hoping that nasty virus hadn’t attacked one or all three of the hives! so, keeping a close eye on the deceased this winter to keep a watch for any deformities or other abnormalities that i can see with the naked eye. peace to all who visit comfrey cottages!

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well here it is winter here in illinois. freezing rains, and snow tonight. yesterday i decided to check the hives, as the day was rather mild, temps. in the 40’s. well there were moisture issues with 2 of the 3 hives! note to new beekeepers, if you are starting beekeeping with used equipment, not only do you need to use a propane torch to sear all woodenware and boxes, but also to check that your beeboxes match up good and tight. i thought the little cracks in between my hive bodies would be filled with propolis by the bees before winter, but alas, they must have not got the job done completely as the recent rains had really caused watery conditions in the pink painted hive. so much that the bee cluster was in the top brood chamber instead of the bottom one where it belonged! yikes! poor little bees having to suffer through the learning process with their mum,me! well, poked in a stick and drug out the dead, mourned briefly, then got to work! took duct tape, ( any red green television fans out there?), sealed the two hive bodies of each of the three hives together with the tape, went to the back of the hives, (which already are tilted up a bit), and raised the back side even higher to drain out any remaining moisture, and then asked their forgiveness! hoping these actions will save the pink hive as it is certain it would have died out before spring left as it was.

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