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  1. #1
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    Question wintering bees in northern california - need http://www.beesource.com/forums/imadvice

    Hello,

    Sue H here and new to bee keeping - one backyard hive (so far). Started my hive in April 2009 from scratch (eight frame medium brood boxes with screened bottom board). Seems to be doing really well, had two small harvests from one super with a queen excluder in place. Now it's winter I did one sugar feed with Fumigilin, (also put in some grease patties) there's plenty of honey in the two brood boxes but I left the honey super on. The bees are up there busily doing their thing (not much honey in the super though) and being sunny Cal. still flying every day and bringing in a lot of pollen (nectar too I guess).

    My question is - Is it OK to leave that honey super in place over the winter? Will my bees cluster down (in this climate) and get too cold? Or is it too mild here for that? Also is there anything else I should be doing to winterise my bees? A lot of what I read seems to relate to colder climates.

    Appreciate any advice and thanks

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    Default Re: wintering bees in northern california - need http://www.beesource.com/forums/imad

    Hi Sue,
    By mid Jan, make sure there is plenty of room in the hive. You might need to rotate you're boxes to get the queen & brood in the bottom. Also you might need to pull out honey frames to make room.
    There is a bay area thread from a week ago, see if you can find it.

    Our bees aren't bringing in much pollen right now, so we put patties in today.
    Dan

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    Default Re: wintering bees in northern california - need http://www.beesource.com/forums/imad

    Dan

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    Default Re: wintering bees in northern california - need http://www.beesource.com/forums/imad

    It's not OK to have the honey super on when you are feeding the bees all that crap. Honey with sugar, grease and fumigilin in it, sounds yummy. I have kept bees in the Bay Area for 40 years and never once fed fumigilin. Get off the medication bandwagon and you might even produce a decent product. If you want a sweetener filled with chemicals buy it at the grocery store.

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