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  1. #1
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    Feb 2011
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    Alexandria, MN
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    Default Winter loss, placing packages in these hives?

    I had a few hives die out here in MN early last winter - I am guessing they just did not have enough numbers to properly cluster. These hives have a large quantities of residual winter stores - I am guessing 75# per 2 deeps. The hives are clean, dry, free of mold/mildew & don't appear to have any disease. I plan to place packages in these hives this week.

    Is there any potential issues in using these hives & the residual stores for packages?

    Would you suggest feeding syrup in addition to the stores or will they plug the open cells & prevent broad rearing?

    Thanks.

  2. #2
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    Mar 2012
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    Calhoun Co, Texas, USA
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    Default Re: Winter loss, placing packages in these hives?

    Think I'd steal some of the honey for me before installing the new bees!
    Honestly, 75lbs of syrup would be WAY overfeeding a new pkg if there is any flow going on, I'd steal 50lbs of honey out of each hive, leave 'em with up to 25lbs/hive & install the new bees. That way you aren't feeding anything unnatural to them, but they'll have one HECK of a head-start over "unfed" package bees.

    That's my opinion, so now for the arguments to begin...ask 10 beeks a question about feeding, you'll get 25 conflicting answers...lol, it's a personal thing, methinks.

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