Where are you located in NH?
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Where are you located in NH?
Yes, it is done successfully. Search for Michael Palmer, sustainable apiary and wintering nucs. You'll find some great info and advice.
I have slatted rack and the bees have had no problems getting up into the hive. They climb the outside walls or lift themselves up by flying.
If you have a digital kitchen (meat) thermometer, that's all you need, and a bit of confidence. Of course neither the candyboard nor the fondant is helpful if the colony fails mid winter. Now's the...
A search for candyboard will get recipes and instructions to make your own. This should be considered insurance in the event the bees go through all the 60+# of honey you have left on the hive for...
After transferring the colony into a new box, did you leave the hive in the same location as it was previously?
I think the timing reference was for deer hunting season. http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/hunting_dates_and_seasons.htm
At this time of year, if there is no food in the hive, nectar, honey...
I am seeing the same here in SW NH. Also, very low to no pollen stored. We are just now coming out of a nectar dearth, the early goldenrod is now blooming and bees are bringing in pollen again....
In addition to the nuc I would hunt up the current queen and remove her from the infested hive and give a brood break to the colony. If there's no brood there is no place for the varroa to hide.
I get fondant at a local shop that makes homemade candy.
If you use flavored coffee they may be attracted to the flavor scent. Otherwise I would lean toward moisture being the lure.
Spencer, unless your bees have a truly fantastic first season, you'll get a taste or two. In our neck of the woods the first year honey is for the bees to eat for 7 long months of winter... You will...
The New Hampshire Beekeepers Association is having a meeting March 16, 2013. They usually meet quite close to Concord. http://www.nhbeekeepers.org/index.htm
Please post if you find any of these regulations as I cannot find evidence to support your claim in the US import regulations or from the EPA... I am curious about this as I use coffee bean...
Mike, do you have a link to an information source about burlap coffee bean sacks being treated with insecticides? Do all coffee growing regions of the world put green beans into treated sacks?
It may not have the funding. http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?276742-Virginia-beehive-grant-program&highlight=Grant
I am curious if dipping the wooden ware in wax will adversely effect the retention of moisture within the hive.
I am going to make candy boards this year. We'll see how it goes.
I think the venom of my bees this time of year (late summer/autumn) makes me have a larger local reaction than I have gotten earlier in the season..... But it usually resolves in a few days...
Congratulations and good luck Cowdoc! I hope the Field days continue.
I bought a great queen last year from http://vtbees.com/, Singing Cedars in Orwell, Vermont and have heard great things about Warm Colors queens as well. Good luck.