Here are 5 short video clips from my visit with the bees yesterday:
It was such a treat to see them again. I'm never too sure these days if I'll be closing them up for the rest of winter - depending on how cold it gets. We had a nice break yesterday in Michigan with sunshine and 60+ degrees! I thought Id offer them some honey supplement to see if they were at all interested this early on. I also wanted to practice feeding them to see how it was going to work while it was still warm enough for me to feel comfortable opening up their hive. I've been nervous for some reason around the feeding thing - mostly on choosing the right food for them, and how to set it up in the hive. So, at least it was warm and I didn't have to contend with "worry" about the cold too much - on top of my other concerns!
Beautiful new comb seen at the back of the hive:
Honey delivered to the bees!
and at 1:50 in this video you can see a worker moving with a Drone up the side of the hive and then take off with him:
Purring bees again!
I like to think this means they're really happy : )
a closer look and listen: