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    When To Remove Bottom Insert iN Hive

    Here in Northern Wisconsin, it's been a cold winter and I lost all my three hives. I installed the three replacement hives (and Queens) last Wednesday afternoon. Its been getting down to low 30's...
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    Opening Up Hive In Northern Wisconsin

    Temperature is up to 49 this afternoon and my bees are moving around. I still have them in a tar paper wrapped hive with the bottom (of my IPM Screened bottom board) sealed off. My one hive has...
  3. Thread: Starting Year 2

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    Re: Starting Year 2

    Thanks for your input. We had a very mild winter last year..60's in march and an early bloom then a frost which was a killer to many of the apple blossums. Its very cold this year thus far and...
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    Re: Starting Year 2

    This time of the year its rarely 40 up here. My entrance reducer is turned so that the opening (the smaller one) is turned so that it is on the top 1/2 of the reducer to allow the bees to crawl over...
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    by RADJr
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    Re: Starting Year 2

    The bottom is open at the entrance reducer (small opening) and yes, I have rapped on the hive and that is how I heard them buzzing.
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    by RADJr
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    Starting Year 2

    In northern Wisconsin, we have about 1 1/2 ' of snow on the ground..temps down to low teens at night. My one hive (wrapped in tar paper) with ventilation holes in the side and small screened...
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    Cold Weather In Northern Wisconsin

    We had some heavy snow recently and on Jan 31, after 8" of snow and low temps (0 wind chill), I was cleaning the snow off of the hive entrance at Mid Day and six (6) bees flew out of the hive...
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    Cleansing Bottom Boards In Winter

    I'm a first year Bee Keeper in Northern Wisconsin. My hive is closed up with Tar Paper, adequately ventilated, etc. I'm wondering if I should periodically (in times of milder fall weather) remove...
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    Cool Weather: Use of Excluder

    I'm a first year beekeeper and the weather in Northern Wisconsin has been very cool recently..it got down to 37 degrees last night. I closed up the ventilated bottom to my 'Country Rubes' bottom...
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    Late summer honey harvest

    I started beekeeping this year with a hive (3lbs of Italian) in late April 2012. My hive did well and within two months I had the bottom deep filled with brood and some honey and the top deep filled...
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    Re: Dead Bees around Hive Entrance

    Walliebee:
    It was only about eight, but I hadn't seen this in the time that I had received the bees two weeks ago. As I said, it was cool (40 - 45) and raining. Thanks for the response.
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    Dead Bees around Hive Entrance

    Yesterday was cool in Northern Wisconsin. My new hive (2 weeks) had a number of dead bees around hive entrance..it was raining a bit. Its the first time I've seen this in the two weeks since I got...
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