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My bees survived winter

My bees survived winter

Thank goodness they survived.  it's always an anxious wait to see if the colony came through winter alright and has enough food to keep them going in early spring when there's not a huge amount for them to forage on and the weather can be temperamental.  In spring as the days lengthen and warm BLT (the Queen bee) starts to lay eggs so that the colony can replace the old bees who kept it going through winter and is ready to burst onto the scene ready to make the most of the spring nectar flow.  Poor old bees, it's a hell of an ending for them - old and out on forage flights which are exhausting, and having to increase the hive temperature from 20 at 35 degrees now there are babies in there. No wonder they all start to drop like flies...

They're feisty!

They're feisty!

Combining my colonies

Combining my colonies

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