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  1. #1
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    Default Winterizing

    I am a new beek. I did a cut out of an old farm house for an older couple this summer. She had killed probably half the hive before I retrieved them (they were going in her house). So the hive was a bit small. I tied up brood and comb in a KTBH. They had a slow start but are just now starting to thrive, I have been feeding.

    I am wondering what I should be thinking as I am going into fall about this hive. How should I be preparing them to hopefully make it through the winter here? They still not full strength.

    My other hives are langs and are thriving, but I am partial and excited to get these top bar hives going...

    Thank You --

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    Default Re: Winterizing

    Feed them.

    That's what I'm doing to a July swarm...

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    Default Re: Winterizing

    Thank you -- what are you feeding them, how much?

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    Default Re: Winterizing

    Feeding 1:1 sugar syrup. 2 pints a day..

    (we are experiencing very cold August temperatures: c 55F and lots of rain. Widespread starvation in many colonies)

    In a TBH using a frame feeder

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