Another sign of spring is removing the winter protection from the bees.
Here the black cardboard box that slides over the hive is removed. The black helps warm up the hive whenever the winter sun comes out. It is rather amazing to think of the bees surviving through the -20 lows and long cold days in the hive.
Now that the temps are in the 60’s and 70’s some days, but the flowers are not yet out, the bees are out and about and here they get a dose of sugar water to tide them over and some mite protection.
Finally, a check to see if the queen is still alive and all we have to do now is wait for the spring pollen and flowers to arrive.