Saturday, January 9, 2016
A Winter Wonder Land!!!!
Our first real snow of the Winter and it happens to be the first one for 2016 as well. I'm gonna guess maybe 3 to 4 inches tops. It was really slick this morning as I mentioned and I saw a number of cars off in the ditch but now the road outside the house is pretty clear.
If that road is clear it's a pretty good bet they all are as I think the one out front is the last road in the state they clear.
This is just a quick post with a few pictures tonight. I have a more serious Sunday Reading post I am working on for tomorrow but I couldn't let our first real snow of the Winter go without a few pictures and a mentioning post.
Now you can see why I insist on putting top entrances on the hives in Winter. All the garden hives, and I am sure the others as well although I didn't go check, have completely covered bottom entrances now. As long as the top is open I know the girls won't suffer from loss of oxygen flow nor should the condensation build up inside.
It also saves me a trip around to all the hives to remove the snow from the entrances. My bet is the covered bottom entrances also helps the bees when it gets extremely cold as now there will be a little less cross flow. The girls should warm and snug in their hives surrounded by the foam insulation to break the wind.
It's getting cold enough to begin freezing the custom designed outside honey bee sugar syrup feeders, otherwise known as a cheap hummingbird feeder :)
I can see the bees have been hitting it on good days as the level is low and there are a couple of bees suspended inside. Guess it's going to be a while before they get back to the feeders now as it's suppose to be pretty cold all week. Next warm break and it will be time to put dry sugar inside any of the light hives.
When we went down to feed I noticed that none of the sheep or chickens had come out of the barn at least since it had stopped snowing. There were no tracks outside at all that I could see even though I left the West pasture gate open for them.
Every one was snugged in the barn and enjoying some dry hay for the night now. Winds are picking up and by tomorrow morning it's suppose to be Carhart weather with temps in the single digits.
I noticed here lately we are getting an almost white egg occasionally now. It's gotta be coming from one of the Red Sex Links as we have never seen an egg so white before. The little Hamburg hen lays an almost white egg but it has some brownish/black speckles in it.
Oh well they are all good on the inside :)
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!