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We had lost another hive a week ago to another cold snap. The ball was too small and the cold night just was too much. We have 4 fairly powerful hives left now. The weather appears to be turning, still below seasonal but warm enough to add sugar syrup feeders to the tops of the hives. So that's what we did, we also put some pollen patties on top to start the brood rearing season off. We are using a 1:1 water/sugar syrup in spring to stimulate the Queen to raise more brood earlier.
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Pollen patties: when and why?

Pollen patties can be used to supliment your bees when pollen is unavailable in the natural environment. The pollen in a hive is only consumed by larva, adult bees eat honey not pollen. The nurse bees will eat pollen and using that create royal jelly inside themselves and secrete it to the very young larva. Older larva are switched to bee bread (pollen preserved with honey) and honey as they mature.

The biggest reason many people feed pollen patties is to stimulate brood rearing by the Queen. When the daylight becomes longer the Queen will look for incoming pollen to signal that spring has actually sprung. By feeding suplimental pollen we can stimulate the Queen to begin to lay more eggs as she has less fear that they won't have the resources to support them. And since we are able to give them the added support of feeding sugar syrup once warm enough we can simulate a spring flow early, get the hives into full brood production and prepare them for maximum population durring the canola summer bloom.

It's important not to stimulate brood production at the wrong time or too early. The Queen will normally reduce or even cease brood rearing in winter to conserve resources for the long winter, less brood is less adult bees to feed. This year we are adding them later than normal because we have had a very cool spring and stimulating them early would not be in their best interests. We will likely be adding suplimental pollen patties in about a week or so.
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This pic was taken back in early November. It has been a LONG and COLD winter and it still isn't over. We lost over half the hives this year. Thinking warm thoughts and trying to keep the bees we have left. #manitobabeekeepers #winterbeekeeping #comeonspring #bzzzant_honey

A beautiful sunrise as we head to Orlando airport. What a great vacation with the family. #wintervacation #floridasunrise #headedhome #bzzzant_honey

Feeding the bees fondant I made to help them through the winter. Alot of the bees that starved had plenty of honey in the bottom box's, but bees like to move up especially since the heat pools at the top of the double box's.

Why not only have one box then you might say?! Well in this part of the world our winters are long and cold, one box of honey is simply not enough for bees that are spending their winter outdoors. So as beekeepers we must spend our fall season pumping the bees up with sugar syrup to make enough honey to last the long winter, and fill two whole box's with at least 80 lbs of honey.

Why would we need to feed them at all, shouldnt they be able to survive the winter, it's because the beekeepers keep stealing their honey?! This is also sadly not true. As European honeybees are not native to Canada, they are just not set up for life here. The dearth before winter sets in very early, the bees would need to store enough honey to be without for as much as 9 whole months! This is a task they are not prepared for. So we as northern beekeepers take the summer flower harvest for ourselves, to offset the cost of feeding the bees for what amounts to the better part of the year. A well managed healthy hive should be able to store enough honey using sugar syrup to survive most winters. This winter has been VERY cold.

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Checking more hives. Let's hope these girls can all stay running. This hive I think is a daughter of the swarm queen, who sadly was lost this winter. But hopefully we can keep her genetics alive in this hive as she was a prolific queen and it would be a shame to lose her genetics. She would come out of winter swinging and lay more eggs than her neighbours on a regular basis.
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Sad sight to see. 7 of 14 hives have died, but sadly of starvation. The balls were massive and they ran out of honey in the top box's. Bottom box's have plenty but if the cluster gets a cold snap when they have none left in the immediate area they can't move to the honey and starve.

I have slid fondant into the remaining hives in the hopes that I can stave off further starvation. If I can keep these 7 hives alive another month we should be out of the woods as far as winter. And I can use these hives to split and restock our numbers.
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It's cold, but so beautiful here at Bzzzant Honey "headquarters" #manitobawinter #sundog #coldprairies #bzzzant_honey #nivervillemb

If you live in Manitoba, especially near/in winnipeg and are considering beekeeping. I will have 5 frame nucs available this spring. Maximum would be 10 available but total quantity unknown until spring checks begin. All splits will come from fall and spring Varroa treated hives. As well as foul brood. nosema medication over winter in thier stores. Should be available end of May - first week of June.
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Warmer now but was a bit cold over the last few days/week. Hive top entrances had frosted/iced totally shut. Had to go around and punch them open.
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Found this tiny little cemetery sitting in the middle of nowhere. Just a dirt road with farm field around it, and this one tree. The stone just to the right fo the tree says "Maria".
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#tired of making #hivewraps. These should be on the hives already but I'm slacking. Luckily it's still been mildly cold. But the fury of #Manitoba #Winters is coming.
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Instructional video up now on YouTube for making your own hive wraps. Link to YouTube in instagram channel description. Or search Bzzzant Honey on YouTube.
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Found this hairy fella while working. That's about as knarly as a spider around here will get. Not a ton of spider species locally. Not sure what this is. #spider #spiders #hairylegs
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Making my own hive wraps. They cost me about $30 each to buy, not super expensive but once you need another 11 of them it starts adding up. I was able to make this for approximately $5. This is the first try demo, I think it worked.

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Wow..... Wasp season is going out with fury. They are taking a real liking to the feed pails on two of my hives, but this one it teaming with them. Quick torch blast to deal with the issue.
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The sky here is litterally filled with ladybugs. I have never seen so many ladybugs in my life, there are so many they are being found indoors now too. Still.... look how striking this #ladybug is. That's like a cartoon image it's so perfect.
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