Today I went to the farm to assess the hives and tidy things up for the end of winter. Near the end of January I discovered that 5 more hives died out, leaving me with only 5 of the 13 hives that went into winter....make a note - combine weak hives for winter! Below is a photo of my bee yard. The surviving hives are 1, 4, 5, 6 & 11.
I removed the empty hive boxes and stored them in the grain bin with moth crystals to protect them from wax moth. One good thing out of this is that I now have a lot of drawn come to use with swarms this spring!
In addition, a few weekends ago I built 7 nuc boxes, and today I brought them home for painting.