Even though it doesn't look it, there are a lot of things happening in
the hive at this point in the season. The bees are trying to cluster
tightly and rotating themselves around the queen to maintain heat within
the hive. Honey is being consumed, and energy is being maintained and
fanned out by their wings, creating a heat to warm the hive.
Like I have touched on in previous newsletters, there isn't a whole lot
for the beekeeper to do during the winter months except for preparing
for the upcoming busy spring time. Springtime will include, maintaining
hive numbers, swarming, mite treatments, and feeding. There will be much
more to discuss in the upcoming newsletters.