I went out this morning to check on my two hives. It's been a pretty typical Minnesota winter so far with snow and freezing cold. I figured I needed to check the entrances of both hives to make sure they weren't blocked.
I swept the snow away from Bee Glad...'s lower entrance and took off the metal mouse guard so that I could brush away any dead bees blocking it's holes. Everything seemed normal here but was pleasantly surprised about the warmth I felt at this entrance. (If it had been the top entrance I wouldn't have been all that surprised.) If this is any indication of how well the bees are doing, I am very happy.