I was somewhat surprised to see some low level activity outside the hive today. Although not freezing it was certainly below usual foraging temperatures.
Apart from this activity, the hive is hibernating for the winter. I’m feeling hopeful they’ll survive the winter months. The colony was in good shape, and varroa mite very low given the size of the colony. Our strategy of less intervention seemed to create less problems than in our previous two years of beekeeping. We’ve also left them with their own honey supply rather than sugar feed them. It’s a little experiment in how it affects the health of the colony.
I’ll keep you posted with our beekeeping experiences as the year progresses.