This will be my first wintering with a new hive. We have a year-round irrigation ditch which always has water flowing exept for just a few weeks in the coldest part of winter when it freezes. The ditch is only a few meters from the hive. We also have several ponds that are within 1/4 mile of the hive with year-round water.
I'm hoping that there is no need to provide any extra water during the time the ditch and ponds are frozen. Is there any reason for concern?
here is the ditch in springtime:
and here is the same ditch in January: