I spoke at the Michigan Beekeeper’s Association meeting last weekend, and things were buzzing. I believe there was a record number of beekeepers and wannabees, and we’re all enthused and excited for spring.
These balmy mid-March temperatures have lured us into thinking any colonies alive now will make it, and hopefully they will. This dinosaur however recalls significant, sticking-around snowfall in April, and stunningly cold temperatures as well. It might not yet be over folks …
This blog updates what we should be thinking about now for our live bees, as well as what we should be doing about any dead-outs (common term for colonies that died.) As always, this is just my opinion and experience. Others will undoubtedly disagree, and agree.
For the living colonies:
- Kiss them all!! (OK, maybe not physically, but emotionally?) They survived a heckuva winter and should be congratulated!