A big HEY to all! I changed jobs (laid off from my old one just before Christmas) and have had very little time for my computer.
Iâ€™ve missed reading your posts and watching the forum continue to swell with new members.
This past winter was mild here in North Texas, but we managed to suffer a few days in the high teens. As some of you remember, my single hive was on top of the building were I worked, this, combined with the fact that I added too much space in the form of supers in early fall was the cause of my poor bees freezing to death! Yeah, I know better now.
What a rookie mistake. They still had plenty of capped honey and small pockets of capped brood. I would almost feel better if they had died from mites or disease rather my knucklehead rooftop idea. Plenty of folks questioned my sanity last spring, but I ignored their cautions against putting a hive in a location with no protection from the elements.
I have since retrieved all my stuff off the building, and after cleaning everything up, have set up two hives in my backyard. Iâ€™m picking up two new packages from R. Weaver this coming Saturday. The backyard location will allow me to spend a lot more time tending to their needs. My yard is in a creek bottom so high winds will no longer be a factor and preparations for cold will be much easier for me to make. To say Iâ€™ve learned a lot this year is understating the obvious.
Itâ€™s good to be back and Iâ€™m looking forward to interacting with all my old friends here on the forum and making some new ones as well. I hope all my fellow bkprs and their bees have a great season.