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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I'm right there with you. Unless I am missing something I'd rather put them out earlier than later. Just because I shield them from winter doesn't mean that they can't handle one cold snap does it?
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    That is one thing I don't quite understand about indoor wintering. Why must we still keep them indoors when it warms up? Why can't we just take them outside?
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Not only that but the the more hives I build up to the more efficient this will be. The more hives I put in this shed the more heat that will be generated by each hive. Not only that but also...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    While people squabble I am just giddy at the fact that my bees are so healthy. I believe that if things continue I will be in for a good year!
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Ace bird, I would argue that I hate having to travel multiple hours to pick up packages. In fact I am straight up sick of buying packages. If I can winter my own hives I can rear queens and truly...
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    That is essentially how I understand it, but I'd bet that plenty of northern parts of the state could handle some.
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    Re: Bees on sugar candy not honey

    Did you inspect the combs? When hives have done this it is because they straight up ran out of honey and only had the sugar to eat.
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    Plenty of reports here in mn, but I'm not certain we have a confirmed breeding population.
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    My bees may or may not fly far in the 40s. It all depends on what the rest of the weather is doing. No wind and bright sun will encourage them to come out and play, especially if the temp is in the...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Ok all have to give an update. Popped in to check on my bees today. Experience tells me that this is about the time that my bees have historically started to run out of honey and really eat away at...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I actually moved this past summer and have not had a chance to change my location. I live close to Alexandria, mn now.
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    As I have said I have done all of the things advised by other northern beeks. My strong hives starved after consuming every drop of honey in the hive and the rest froze or starved with honey on the...
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    Re: How do you Northern beeks do it?

    That is why I put mine in a shed.
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I have tried all kinds of things. Tar paper, hard foam insulation, heat tape, light bulbs...none seemed to do much. I will say that I wintered a nuc with heat tape last year. Heat tape seemed like...
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    Re: How do you Northern beeks do it?

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?305356-My-Indoor-Wintering-Setup

    This has been my solution. Working well thus far.
  16. Re: Mimic a Natural Hive for Winter Observations

    I have read a little on the Perone hive. It's a hive that allows for the bees to setup their own brood nest. No foundation, guide bars, nothing. You then super it. I think this sounds like what you...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Found some pics.

    http://i993.photobucket.com/albums/af52/dpboll/419d569ad0d4844d44fe5a61c867acf1_zps26ddbfc0.jpg
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Just another update. Bees doing well. I wanted to pop the tops to see how their mountain camp sugar was doing. From what I can see they haven't eaten much. Each hive is still alive. I will leave them...
  19. Re: Stethoscope to hear the bee cluster in Winter?

    Ya I've never had troubles hearing my hives. I've had a few small nucs that I couldn't hear. I find that if you have an upper entrance it's easier. You need a good seal on the stethoscope. Mine has...
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    Re: Help me find the queen

    Are you sure you have a queen? Have you seen eggs?
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    Re: Less may be more by Mark Winston

    All of this assumes that your fields benefit from bees. I'm no farmer but I don't suspect corn and soy beans will get much benefit from bees.
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Everything seems to be going well this far. The small sliver of light is coming from the door. That will be fixed soon. Fan, heater, and timers all functioning appropriately. Once door is properly...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I found where the light was getting in. It was in the door. Where the two doors came together I had to figure out an alternative for weather stripping at the bottom of where the doors come together....
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    We will see how this goes but I feel confident in the science behind wintering in this fashion. I can not only reduce consumption of honey stores but I can also prevent freezing of small colonies and...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Ian I see on your website that you feed something in winter. Is that water or sugar syrup? Also for my small setup how often should I be running my ventilation fan?
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