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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Middlebury, Vermont

    Default What's too chilly for brood?

    What kind of temperatures really endanger capped brood if a hive is light on bees to cover the frames?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    KC, MO, USA

    Default Re: What's too chilly for brood?

    This spring I did some early splits as soon as I saw drones. 4-5 frames each and lots of bees (for the spring). I checker boarded them in 10 frame deeps. We had several 32 deg nights and all was fine. I kept an eye on the entrances for days and no larva was carried out. These hives exploded as the flow started.
    I don’t know the danger temp but I hope this helps.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Silicon Valley, CA

    Default Re: What's too chilly for brood?

    While I cannot provide a scientific answer I can state that I have inadvertently pulled some frames with capped brood ( no cover bees -- blown off ) and placed them in an unheated garage. Overnight temps droped to about 65F. Bees were hatching and flying 2-3 days later.

    I hate when that happens -- Fuzzy


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