For the past several years our honeybees have died over winter.  There is no doubt that part of this die-off is due to honey crystallizing in the frames.  Bees cannot survive on crystallized honey.  Honey crystallizes when bees collect canola nectar.  We are surrounded by canola fields.  Our bees exclusively collect canola nectar over the month that it blooms.  Some canola fields have started to bloom today.  I traded a box of empty honey frames for their partially filled box this afternoon.  When the canola crop is done flowering I will trade the original hive box back and allow them to finish filling it with other crops’ nectars and will leave it in place for them for their winter store of food, extracting the canola honey for our own use.