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Cold spell in February 2021

We had almost forgotten about the cold in this country. The cold spell in February has changed the looks of the apiary dramatically. There is no harm for the colonies, provided food stores are sufficient. Because of the increased food uptake stores may become somewhat low in spring, though.

The snow has coaxed some bees outside. That meant sure death for them, and their bodies were lying scattered around in the snow. Were these the old winter bees, which left the hive to die outside? We will see in a month if the colonies have survived winter.

The apiary is getting emptier… The hives are standing outside now.

My new placement of the hives in small, loose groups. No more hives in long rows, in order to minimise drift among hives. In this manner, spread of Varroa is considerably reduced as well.