On January 5th, we opened up the top of the hives to add sugar to them. It is important for beekeepers to add sugar to the hives throughout the winter to prevent the bees from starving. We only peek into our hives on days that are forty-five degrees or more.
Bethany and Abigail added sugar on this day. They pulled off the outer covers and the winter boxes.
Then they looked to see if the bees needed more sugar. If they needed more sugar, Abigail and Bethany added dry sugar then sprinkled water on top of the sugar.
We only had to check the bees once or twice a month until dandelions started blooming.