During late winter it is important to check on your bees to make sure they are healthy and still well fed. It is sadly common for hives to die over the winter, the average rate for hive loss is actually about 30 percent, despite every beekeeper's best efforts. Since this is our first beehive we were especially anxious to see whether they'd survived the winter! We waited for a warmer day with no wind and cracked open the hive. To our great relief and excitement, a few of the girls popped their heads out to greet us. We will do a more extensive check when it warms up a little more so that we don't give them a chill. They seemed very active which is great, and we hope to add more hives this year. It was so encouraging to see the bees doing well, and this is feeling like a great start to the farming year.
Fun fact: Bees hold their poop all winter until it is warm enough to venture out on a cleansing flight.