Hives covered in snow from the blizzard Nemo.
Hives covered in snow from the blizzard Nemo.

Blizzard Nemo Blankets My Bees In Snow

Blizzard Nemo Blankets My Bees In Snow

The weather forecasters predicted epic snowfall and historic blizzard conditions here in Beverly this weekend. As people around me stocked up on essentials like milk, bread and cases of beer (what you need for every snowstorm apparently), the state of Massachusetts declared a state of emergency which banned people from driving on the roads under threat of jail time.  The snow raged on and the winds howled all night as the blizzard covered my town and my bees in snow. Many lost power, luckily we did not, and by morning the snow was still falling. The overnight snowfall was more than two feet tall with four-foot snowdrifts in places. Blizzard Nemo blanketed my bees in snow (and us too). Check out these pictures below.

These hives are 3 deep tall. The one on the right is 3 deeps with a honey super on top.

These hives are 3 deep tall. The one on the right is 3 deeps with a honey super on top.

After we shoveled a path out the door to get to the hives, we shoveled out the hive entrances to make it easier on the girls to get out and also to keep the ventilation flowing well throughout the hive.  For the roof top hives this meant shoveling off our flat roof first so we could get to them.  As you can see even the rooftop nucs were buried in snow.

 

Nucs covered in snow from Nemo

These nucs have bees in them and are 4 boxes tall (except the one in the middle which is only 3 boxes tall). They are on a rooftop which we had to shovel first before we could get to them to clear their entrances.

The top bar was also covered in snow. The design of the top bar with the overhanging roof, stood up better in the storm and meant these girls did not need to be dug out at all, their entrances remained clear.

The overhanging roof of this top bar hive kept the entrances clear of snow despite the epic snowfall.

The overhanging roof of this top bar hive kept the entrances clear of snow despite the epic snowfall.

 

Although my bees and my family fared well, one of my chickens, Suzie, was much too eager to get out and explore the snow this morning. The rest of the girls wisely stayed inside the coop. Poor Suzie flew out as soon as I opened the door this morning and got stuck in the snow underneath the coop. She had to be rescued by my son, Finn, the chicken wrangler.

Poor Suzie got stuck and had to be rescued by my son.

Poor Suzie got stuck and had to be rescued by my son.

The blizzard is expected to rage on all day long so if you are “Finding Nemo” nearby, I hope you are surviving intact and staying warm! Just don’t forget to check on your bees and keep those entrances clear!

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Author: Anita Deeley

Anita Deeley is a biologist who maintains 80 honey bee hives. She is the beekeeper, writer, owner and creator of BeverlyBees.com. When she is not spending time with her girls (the bees), she enjoys being a wife to her beekeeping cohort, Brian and mother to 3 little boys (the beekeepers in training). Read more about Anita here >> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Connect with Anita on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or Facebook here.

4 Comments

  1. Great pictures but I don’t envy your shoveling! This winter we’ve had soooooo much more precipitation than last year. I’m ready for spring.

    • We have more snow on the way today with freezing rain to boot! It’s a mess out there as many people are still digging out from Nemo. Another storm is also expected Thursday and Sat/Sun. It’s going to be a long week with much shovelling ahead. I think the bees have the right idea staying inside until spring. 🙂 Although I do enjoy sledding with the boys!

  2. Beverly, lovely pictures but don’t envy the snow. My husband and I are starting out with our first hives this spring. We are in Minnesota and I noticed you did not have your hives wrapped like everyone here seems to do. How do you overwinter your bees?