Bad winter for bees.

I have finally been able to check on my 3 bee yards.  I went into winter with a total of 14 colonies. As of 3-25-2014 only 3 survived. 3 ran out of honey stores. The rest starved inches away from food The temperature this winter was so cold the clusters could not move. Bees starved less than an inch from more food.

The 2 colonies that survived I hope to split this year. I also hope that there will be a good number of swarms that I can capture. Wishful thinking there…

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