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    Re: worst winter ever?

    There was hardly any pollen left....under 20 cells for two deeps and one western.....

    How much pollen should there be in the hive going into winter? And, how do we encourage them to get more? Do...
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    I hadn't fed the bees sugar water since early October and that was one fill up of a one gallon feeder. Perhaps the "honey" did not have time to ferment properly before the coldest weather hit....
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    I forgot to mention that it seems the queen was failing in the end....in the western super I discovered evidence of laying workers...about 20 or so cells with two eggs in them. I don't know if that...
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    My hive went into the winter with gobs of bees (carniolans), two year-old queen, two deeps: 1 brood, 1 honey; and one western super: all honey.
    I insulated it with foamboard with a vent in the rear...
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    I'm a new beek here....and read this thread....thanks to all for your input, knowledge, insight, etc. I had a great strong hive going into the winter, but in the last month lost it to ????? No...
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    Forest fire smoke affecting bees?

    Hello all!

    This is my first year beekeeping. I bought a two deep hive, already established about 2 months ago. The bees are cariolans. The hive is extremely healthy, no mites or disease (please...
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