Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Hive in Winter

The bees are clustered in their hive,
quietly humming and maintaining a warm inside temperature,
living off their honey reserves.

I hope.

The opening of the hive is at its smallest setting.

We'll know in the spring
how they fared through the winter.

Are they under attack by virus or parasite?
Are they getting adequate ventilation?
How's the honey holding out?

I hope things are going well in there.

We've put in an order for a nuc...
five frames of bees to start a second hive
in April.

But now, we wait.