Winter is the nervous season for beekeepers. December is the month that I prepare to celebrate Christmas and the month that I begin to obsess about whether our bees are alive or dead. My anxieties were further fueled this month when another Kentucky beekeeper posted on Facebook that she found one of her colonies had died. What was happening to our bees? The bees’ unknown condition continuously stoked my anxiety. Continue reading
In some ways, taking care of honey bees in the winter is like baking a soufflé. No matter how badly you want to know how things are progressing, you simply can’t open the hive (or the oven) until the proper time.