We celebrated Valentine’s Day by taking advantage of the sunshine to inspect our breeding yard hives. It was a bright 50 degrees, but the yard was still snow covered. After sinking over our boots in drifts, we opted for the snow shoes. I cut up slices of fondant, and placed it on the frames as a mid-winter feed. Many of our Nucs are “boiling over” with bees, which is very encouraging. A few weren’t as lucky, and have perished, but overall it looks like our attempt to winterize many Nucs has been a success this year.