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  1. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    Wow, no wrapping? Maybe that's one of the secrets? It would keep the sides colder than the top.

    Three cheers for quilt boxes!
  2. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    They get it from the underside of the shavings box. They plant themselves on the fabric and suck the moisture out. Which is another bonus of a quilt box.
  3. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    Yup, I don't use inner covers with them either. And last year when I used just the shavings, I didn't notice the moisture I noticed this year. I believe in shavings, but not bagged, and spread them...
  4. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    Hard to argue with that!

    Wouldn't snow act as insulation over the top cover?
  5. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    That would be true. But maybe pine shavings in a quilt box can absorb that moisture. That would be good.
  6. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    Aha. But we don't want condensation on the sides either, right?

    (The dew point is a moving target?)

    (Yikes. Just looked up the formula for calculating dew point on wikipedia. Forget that.)
  7. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    So when the sides are warmer than the top, that's what makes condensation?
  8. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    Yup, here too. That's why I wanted to get the pollen patties in there today.



    Right, now I remember that. I have old muslin from when I used to quilt.

    On the bottoms of my quilt boxes I have...
  9. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    Huh. I haven't heard people talk about insulation on the top of the cover. I have insulation around my hives, but not on top. That would help prevent moisture from forming and dripping down?
  10. Come on New England! You're almost there!

    I can't wait until we're officially out of the danger zone! Today it was in the low 40s so I slipped pollen patties in my hives, it's been below freezing most of the time lately, even in the single...
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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    Just wondered whether the placement of the winter patties could have kept the bees from clustering, as it looks like they were standing on top of the patty - could our terrible cold snaps have caught...
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    Re: 0 to swarm in 8 days

    That is a heartbreak. Is it really worth clipping wings?
  13. Re: Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    "Oh gosh, leaving a 2" inch wide air channel around the pine shavings, with lots of ventilation above the shaviings kind of defeats the purpose of QBs.

    The shavings should completely cover the...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    I'll bet there are many here who have planted pollinator gardens. I'd love to see pictures of those in the summer. Remind us to start a thread to share your pollinator garden photos...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    They are only "weeds" to the unenlightened. ;)
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    In other words, Bee Bliss, a lawn is a wildflower garden and edible landscape waiting to happen. :D
  17. Re: Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    "Insulation overhead (I use quilt boxes and foam in the top assembly, no inner cover),"

    I've been wondering about this lately. I'm progressing in the winterizing department, my first year I didn't...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    Dandelions are beautiful. The bright yellow is a sight to behold. I think they have an image problem.
  19. Re: So my bees did not survive the winter, now what?

    Don't totally give up on them yet! I read in prior threads that sometimes bees will spring back to life when the temperature warms up. Don't dump your hives! Especially if you have nothing to lose....
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    Re: Please Stop...

    :lpf:

    Welcome to the internet.
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    Wow, that's a lotta hives!
  22. Re: Dead out came back to life once it warmed up

    LOLOL!
  23. Re: Dead out came back to life once it warmed up

    Ditto that. Took the one day above freezing temps opportunity yesterday to make sure the sugar blocks were still okay, which they were, but 4 hives looked alive, one looked dead. I didn't see it, I...
  24. Re: Dead out came back to life once it warmed up

    LOL!
  25. Re: Anyone know when queen will start laying in New England?

    Early spring? We'll be lucky if we have a spring at all.
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