Hi, I would like to share my first winter clusters with you, I have no real reference if they are fine or not
This hive is a small starter of Carnicas. It was a late starter, the queens in our course had some difficulties getting mated this season (bad weather,…)
This one sits a bit wider, on 7 streets, and appears to sit lower. This hive has a medium super below this box. Honey flows where low so I decided to put it below - there was barely honey to harvest so I thought it was better almost empty below than above. Maybe these Buckfasts are less intimidated by the “cold” - it’s still around 7°C during the day and above 0 at night.
They both sit frontleft. I read somewhere front is good, as they work their way back through the foodstores (so there is still stores left).
The hives have a styrofoam roof, and they stand in my greenhouse so I guess they have comfortable conditions (from a bees perspective :p)
At least they are still there Fascinating to see the cluster. I thought they would be more in a winter-mode (saw most people do their wintercheck/varroa treatment without suites), but in both hives 3 or 4 were immediately checking me out during my quick in and out…
So far so good ?