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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Kenai, Alaska
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    Default Hello from Alaska

    Hello all,
    I am new at beekeeping this year, I started out with a 5 pound package of Italians and they have not dissappointed me. It is fascinating to sit with my 7 year old son and watch the bees work. I am left to wonder why didn't I discover this earlier? I am interested in overwintering and raising queens in Alaska to cut down on the expense of buying package bees every year. If anyone has any input please let me know.

    Scott McBride
    Kenai

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Windham, Maine
    Posts
    102

    Default Re: Hello from Alaska

    Welcome to the forum from the other end of the country! I know a number of people over winter bees in AK. I believe there are a few on here from time to time. Nice to hear your son is intersted as well! Good Luck!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
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    2,337

    Default Re: Hello from Alaska

    Welcome Scott!
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Anchorage, AK, USA
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    18

    Default Re: Hello from Alaska

    Hello Scott,

    There is some good info on the Southcentral Alaska Beekeepers Association web site. Make sure you look at the "Some Writings from SABA Presidents, Past and Present" Section. http://www.alaskabees.com/PresidentWritings.html

    Best of luck with your AK bees!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Hello from Alaska

    Welcome Scott!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    642

    Default Re: Hello from Alaska

    Welcome!

    My understanding is that it is pretty difficult to winter bees in Alaska due to long time they spend inside the hive over winter and nosema/dysentry is the problem. If you do get the occassional +50F days, the bees will take short cleansing flights.

    There's no harm in trying to winter them. Treat them for Nosema with Fumigilin in the fall, make sure there is 175 lbs of honey in the hive, insulate the hives, control the varroa mites, and provide minimal but adequate(exhaust moisture given off by bees consuming honey) ventilation.

    Carniolans may be a better breed as they originated from a colder climate and winter with a smaller population. Hence, consume considerably less honey over winter.
    If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    North Pole, Alaska
    Posts
    145

    Default Re: Hello from Alaska

    hey from north pole!

    there's a fella in anchorage you need to get in touch with.

    http://web.mac.com/klmalone/Alaska_H.../About_Me.html
    Last edited by AkDan; 06-21-2012 at 12:21 AM.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Greensboro, North Carolina
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    Default Re: Hello from Alaska

    Welcome to the site!

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