Because we moved last fall, we weren't able to put as much energy as we typically do into winterizing and monitoring our hives. I took a trip out in January to see how things were going.
Surprisingly, walking up to this was not as alarming as one might think.
The hive is a little shorter since we harvested honey and we try to manage the space that the bees have to keep warm inside. The girl is a little taller because, well, they just keep growing!
We know that the hardest months for bees are still ahead, but we hope for our bees to make it. If this colony does survive, we are looking forward to "splitting it," which means we would separate it into two hives, promoting the good, hearty genetics of those bees. We are already discussing our order for bees for this next year, and I am really looking forward to the sights, sounds, and smells of beekeeping again.
This year, we will have another factor in our beekeeping - a new furry family member: Scout.