Well, it's warm today and the bees are flying. So they are still here.
I've done a few things to help them, hopefully they will survive winter:
-stapled roof paper around the hive to help insulate/collect the sun's rays to keep them warmer.
-added an entrance reducer today (after seeing wasps trying to sneak in and get escorted out)
-put a rachet tie down strap around the hive so that if a bear tries to push them over again, hopefully the hive wont break apart and he wont damage the insides. he might damage the outsides or bite the strap, we'll see how it goes.
-started feeding them again, we'll see if this help. I'll have to switch from syrup to sugar paste as the weather gets colder. the paste wont mold as easily, i just hope they will be able to get to the sugar to eat it.
I am also considering moving them into the garage so they will be protected from the rain/wind/snow? and I can build an enclosure around them and insulate it and put up electric wires if necessary.
We'll see how they do...
Snowy & OPEN on Weds 2/21/18
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