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'Twas the day before Christmas eve, and what should I do?
Why, open up a hive, to do a mountaincamp or two!
The smoker I did light,
To prepare for any fight.
I was about to make such a clatter,
Just to see if anything was the matter.
The weather was nice, mid 50's and sunny,
I checked their comb, still plenty of honey.
I didn't know what to expect when I opened up their house,
But not a problem did I find, not even a mouse.
On went the paper, the sugar on top of that,
Now those bees are going to get fat.
Seeing these bees healthy was an early present for me,
but now it's time, to go see what's under my tree.
As I was replacing the lid, I tilted my head just right,
to hear the queen as she said, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good flight!
 

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It's also what I did today... I started out meaning to just say what I did... but it kinda evolved into this by the time I was done.
 

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Me too! I finally had fair weather so I could get the top feeder off. Made the mistake of leaving the lid off for a few minutes while I went to get the hive tool. I hope it didn't chill the bees. Some were taking cleansing flights, some were on house cleaning detail. I quickly peeked down into the top box to see nothing but beautifully capped honey. I am going to assume the reason I didn't see any bees in the top box is because I left the lid off for a couple of minutes. Is that correct? The last time I looked in there I saw a massive amount of bees, so I was surprised when I didn't see any. What do you experienced beekeepers think?
 

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No peeking here! It's been about 20F for several days. Even so, I found about 8-10 dead bees outside the hive, as if they had tried to fly. (too far away to be tossed out) What were they thinking?!?
 

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>>>>What do you experienced beekeepers think?<<<<

I think they are clustered below the stores, as they should be. They will move up as they eat the stored honey. It just mean the hive has enough food.
 

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Thanks Iddee. That makes me feel better. This is my first winter. I don't know if I am extremely lucky and everything is going the way it should be or if I had a part in everything going as it should be.
 
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