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    Re: 2013 - 14 Winter losses -Scientific American

    This is what happens when lazy journalism meets cold weather.
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    Re: Small scale indoor wintering. Is anyone doing it?

    By the proverbial bye, in re-reading this entire thread, I think there are two scales being considered. Adrian, you at 39 hives have set a relative definition for small scale. This scale admits of...
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    Re: Small scale indoor wintering. Is anyone doing it?

    I like the concept of time shifting the brutal cold of winter into blocks of ice (perhaps set into a wandering warren for increased exposure as the air flows?) It has the advantage of phase...
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    Re: Small scale indoor wintering. Is anyone doing it?

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    For what it's worth, here are some photos of shed and garage based indoor hive wintering in the frozen north.
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    Re: Small scale indoor wintering. Is anyone doing it?

    I have three nucs this year. All are five over fives.

    Dual use of the spaces makes light trapping difficult and for me the screening necessary. Pushing out the dead? There are dead to be...
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    Re: Small scale indoor wintering. Is anyone doing it?

    Quote from Peter: "Screened front and top entrances and granulated sugar and protein patty on the top bars. When I warm the shop up to work they get warmed."

    I am in my third winter (St. Paul MN)...
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    Re: Reaction to off-season stings

    You have made me nostalgic, Joseph. I learned my beekeeping in Phoenix in the early 80's. Pollen came in ten months out of the year. No Africanized yet. No mites yet. Pepper trees mesquite,...
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    Reaction to off-season stings

    I got a couple bee stings yesterday and got a little more local swelling than I would normally get during the "season". I live in Minnesota, so you should infer that I haven't been working my hives...
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    Re: How do I tell if nectar is coming in?

    Ok, thanks to all who responded.

    I'm in St. Paul MN. No, I am not experiencing nor expecting a nectar flow anytime soon. I am doing what every Minnesotan does in winter, anticipating.

    I...
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    How do I tell if nectar is coming in?

    I can see bees bringing pollen into my hives, but how do I know if a honey flow is on?

    I don't think I can simply assume where there is pollen there is nectar. Or can I?

    If I frequently go...
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    Re: More Than Frustrated

    Here in Minnesota the unusual heat this year has created an unusual impetus to swarm. In other words, it's not your fault. You are doing the right things.

    Maybe now is a good time to take a...
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