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  1. #1
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    Mar 2005
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    Is there anyone in PA, that will be taking advantage of this 40+ degree weather, and slapping on some pollen patties?

  2. #2
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    Feb 2003
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    lewisberry, Pa, usa
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    I put a couple on in the middle of doing some other things. Didn't have alot of time, but will start the next week as temps permit.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2006
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    buffalo junction, virginia
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    Yea i was going too but it seems that my girls has beaten me to the punch today it was a small dark cloud bees coming and going. Half with pollen and the other half with nothing but thier rear ends was swollen so i guess they were gathering water and nector because they could not even make it back to the hive before falling to the ground and resting. so i will make some pollen patties tomarrow and maybe feed my weak hive so they will have something to feed brood.

    Tom

    [size="1"][ February 20, 2007, 10:33 PM: Message edited by: thomas ][/size]

  4. #4
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    Jul 2006
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    Thurmont, MD
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    Put some FeedBee in the hives a couple weeks ago before the snow/ice covered the ground.. they were bringing pollen in then. It'll take a week of warm weather before we can see some bare ground.

    I walked down to the hives this morning and had to dig the open feeder out of 6 inches of ice/snow.

    Last week I could easily see(because of the ice covered snow).. that the birds were eating bees. Little spots(made up of wings,legs,bee pieces) on the snow all around the hive. I guess the birds eat what they can when the ground gets covered w/ snow.

  5. #5
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    Jul 2005
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    Perkasie, PA
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    Weather permitting, I'm going to try feeding this weekend or early next week.

  6. #6
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    Oct 2005
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    Rockville, In
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    Put some honey on the hives today though only one hive was short on stores. Bees flying all over .
    Suprised that they already had a rather large brood nests and lots of pollen coming in today...maple I guess, I was suprised since we are just comming out of this deep freeze. All colonies look very strong and the overwintered four frame nucs (4) I set up last summer as an experiment are going strong too. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    I had a 50% death rate, (7 of 14) but lost none since early Dec. I believe to starvation and deform wing due to varroa.
    Steve<br /><br /><a href=\"http://www.cozynestfarm.com\" target=\"_blank\">www.cozynestfarm.com</a><br /><br />All that\'s golden must be honey

  7. #7
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    Mar 2005
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    I lost one hive during that cold spell. They were the bees I got on my very first wall extraction this past Spring. They were alive two weeks ago. Looks like they were caught in a bad spot when the cold spell hit. There was honey right above them in the upper box, and 5 frames of honey on the opposite side. They just couldn't get to it. Bees were face down in the cells. 8 of 9 are still alive and most are nice size clusters.

  8. #8
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    Apr 2006
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    buffalo junction, virginia
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    I am glad everyoone is having some luck with thier bees. Mine are working like gang busters bring in pollen and nector i could hear two of my hives on the inside of the entrance fanning so that is a good sign. And my first hive has plenty of drones flying i was glad to see these fat guys out looking aronud they are huge brown and solid black on the ends so i guess this is what carniolan drones look like but other then that everything looks well.

    Tom

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