Well it officially starts this week with the break in the weather and beekeepers heading out to observe what winter has done. Bees are going to have several days to remove dead bees and go on cleansing flights. This is also our chance as beekeepers to clean out the entrance of dead bees, capping, ice, snow or any other debris that may be on the bottom boards. If food resources are running low, feed sugar patties. Also this is the time to place pollen patty substitute above brood in order to help build colony strength remember bees need carbohydrates as well as protein in order to produce brood to build up numbers.
We lose more colonies this time of year then any other time.