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Beekeepers biggest winter fears!

What if they don't have enough food?

What if there is too much moisture in the hive?

What is the temperature is too low?

What if a mouse gets in there?

What if they have too many mites?

The thing about beekeeping is that it is agriculture and a lot of people forget that because they do it on a small scale as a hobby. In agriculture things die. Someone may have a cow and decide they are going to make a herd of cattle by breeding that one cow and keeping the offspring. Well the first year the calf that the cow has may die. It happens all the time that is why farmers start with a few cows so that they will still increase their herd every year even if one or two calves die they are still moving forward. Imagine if you approached bees the same way you approach raising chickens for instance. You get 50 chickens as chicks and you are doing real good if you get 45 of them to full size chickens. Things die it is part of the process. The weak are basically culled by nature.

All you can do is the best you can and hope for the best. Don't beat yourself up if you go to your hives and you find some have died. It happens to everyone. Especially in northern Ontario. If someone that has a bunch of hives and has had hives for multiple years tells you that they have never lost a hive in winter I would say don't buy any land in Florida from them. It is bound to be a swamp.

The trick to being successful with bees is to have more then you need. Or you can just say to yourself that you are going to buy bees every year just in case. If I only had one hive I would buy a hive every year because by the time you have got to the middle of April which is when you will know if you have made it or not. It’s to late to buy bees. Most producers are sold out by then. I have lots of bees but I think I have bought bees every year for the last 8 or 9 years. It has been as little as 4 hives to 100 hives depending on the year and if I want to make an increase or not but I always seem to buy some.

MOST IMPORTANT THING IS DON'T BLAME YOURSELF (Don't blame me either though)

When you think about it you can spend the money taking your wife out for a really nice lobster dinner or you can buy a nuc to make sure your not sitting with some empty boxes next summer. I SUGGEST YOU THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT THAT LAST STATEMENT.

I sit here and worry about my bees all winter and when spring comes a few of them are dead but I have learned to switch my attitude in the spring to say look at all the great pulled comb I have to make new hives with, not say to myself you idiot they are dead.

~ Scott Ferrier


2020 Posts
Feb 22 - to prepare for spring
Feb 22 - pound and a half of sugar
Feb 20 - second yard visited
Feb 20 - all figured out
Feb 19 - some girls are up top
Feb 17 - More Jars
Jan 30 - our original logo
Jan 27 - HOARDING
Jan 24 - DOES SIZE MATTER!
Jan 22 - A couple before and after
Jan 22 - I like double hives over singles
Jan 22 - TWO ARE BETTER THEN ONE ...
Jan 12 - Beekeepers biggest winter fears!
Jan 10 - BEEKEEPING IN JANUARY
Jan 9 - over an hour
Jan 6 - Honey bees
Jan 3 - Grandson over today
Jan 2 - 3 years ago
Jan 1 - The Winner is

2019 Posts
Dec 31 - NEW YEAR
Dec 29 - Two Days Left!
Dec 23 - Merry Christmas!
Dec 12 - my uncle Robert Ireland
Dec 11 - It's getting cold outside! pt2
Dec 7 - It's getting cold outside!
Dec 1 - DRAW FOR DECEMBER
Dec 1 - family photo
Nov 28 - Was able to leave
Nov 26 - Here is before and after
Nov 25 - I don’t know why
Nov 24 - These girls weren’t to happy
Nov 23 - Finally completed this yard
Nov 22 - only 8 orders
Nov 12 - my uncle today
Nov 11 - TWO ARE BETTER THEN ONE
Nov 10 - Free Product Draws
Nov 7 - started wrapping
Oct 31 - Nucleus Colonies
Oct 22 - 2020 Beginner Beekeeping Classes
Oct 17 - order for Formic Pro
Oct 15 - orders for nucleus colonies
Oct 5 - move all my bees away
Oct 3 - This yard is getting there
Sept 24 - Another 2 barrels mixed
Sept 21 - They were out of sugar
Sept 19 - Late season suggestions
Sept 15 - 2 barrels mixed
Sept 14 - MITE TREATMENT
Sept 10 - NOD apiary products
Aug 15 - What I call custom work
Aug 10 - Bee Escapes
Aug 9 - Taking off honey
July 20 - Swarms ...
July 19 - Needing Queens
July 17 - Pesticide Free
July 9 - INSECTICIDES!
July 9 - Not Posting Much
June 28 - Walking Around
June 5 - I have proof
June 4 - Ireland's grafting box
June 4 - Working in the rain
May 29 - Actually 3 Queens
May 28 - Lots of calls and emails
May 24 - Just Workinng
May 19 - Setting up mating nucs
May 11 - Beeyard Mishaps
May 10 - Pollen Collection
May 7 - Large Shipment
Apr 17 - Unwrapping My Hives
Apr 3 - Small Load
Apr 1 - Cracking The Lid
Mar 27 - Can't Wait
Mar 23 - Splitting Today
Mar 11 - List of our Meetings
Mar 9 - Making Their Mark
Mar 9 - Sign of Spring
Mar 5 - Start Needing More
Feb 24 - Beginner Beekeeping
Feb 23 - About This Yard
Feb 22 - Couple Dead Hives
Feb 8 - Different Stages
Feb 6 - Comb Is Gold
Feb 1 - Shovelled The Snow
Jan 29 - HORDING
Jan 23 - BEES! This Is The Time ...
Jan 23 - List In A First Come ...
Jan 16 - These Two Yards
Jan 16 - Test Building Looks ...
Jan 8 - The Day and Age
Jan 7 - The Time of Year
Jan 3 - Nucleus Colonies
Jan 3 - Shared Posts
Jan 2 - Colours Used
Jan 2 - Multi Colour Queens
Jan 1 - Happy New Year

2018 Posts
Dec 17 - Gift Certificate
Dec 14 - Santa Bees
Dec 9 - About Bees
Dec 6 - One of the farmers
Dec 6 - Gift Certificates
Dec 2 - Already Beekeepers?
Dec 1 - The Chirtmas Draw
Dec 1 - Dec. 2018 Winner
Nov 28 - Wrapped
Nov 25 - Something Looks Wrong
Nov 17 - Change the Order Form
Nov 17 - Evaporator For Sale
Nov 17 - Letter to share
Nov 15 - Almaguin News Artical
Nov 15 - Creating quite a buzz
Nov 1 - Nothing Funnier Than People
Nov 1 - November Draw 2018
Oct 28 - Two Are Better Then ...
Oct 28 - Does Size Matter
Oct 25 - Building A Plan
Oct 5 - Honey Extraction
Sept 28 - Taking Orders 2019
Sept 22 - About My Fencing
Sept 22 - A Little Emotional
Sept 17 - Bigger Fence Charger
Sept 13 - Missing Fall Queens
Sept 10 - Ordering Nucleus Colonies
Sept 5 - Another Shipment
Aug 30 - Honey Super Off
Aug 24 - Two Laying Queens
Aug 20 - Maple Syrup Equipment for sale
Aug 17 - We have honey for sale!
Aug 16 - Shake A Honey Super
Aug 5 - Kearny Ragatta 2018
Aug 1 - Info On Bees
Aug 1 - 600 lbs
July 23 - End of the Line
July 21 - Driving By
July 13 - I Was A Sight!
Jun 26 - Helper
Jun 18 - More Queens
May 29 - Wipper Snipper
May 20 - Grafting larva
May 9 - Spring Made Easy
May 3 - Pulling Nucs
Apr 18 - 100 hives
Apr 19 - Their own profits - reposted
Apr 4 - Throught the feeder hole
Apr 4 - Opening a hive
Mar 29 - Distractions for pictures
Mar 22 - What if bees disappear?
Mar 20 - Save the Drone Bees
Jan 4 - Trip to Sudbury

2017 Posts
Dec 14 - 4 Frame ... Colonies
Dec 11 - Gift Ideas
Dec 9 - Cozy Winter Coat
Dec 1 - Christmas Month Giveaways!
Nov 15 - Winter Coats
Nov 11 - Powassan Bee Meeting
Oct 10 - Honeybee Nucleus Colonies
July - Video of Home Yard Supplies

2016 Posts
Feb 15 - BEGINNING BEEKEEPING
Nov 14 - Increased Orders

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