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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I'm afraid of Lauri already, she's already got her winter meat supply in the freezer. Who's prepared?
    Dan

  2. #42
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Until it is time to give a hive count in October, perhaps some could give their overwintering methods a post. Name the climate and state you are in please.

  3. #43
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    3 hives. 2 I'm 2 deeps and 1 in 3 meds. All new hives this year. No treatments.

  4. #44
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    No winter prep other than making sure mite loads aren't crazy high.
    It snows about once per winter but rarely sticks, there is nectar available at least 11 months per year, Most weeks have at least a couple days warm enough for the bees to fly.
    USDA zone 9b
    Dan

  5. #45
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Ok, I'm done with combines and the like. I have 34 hives all treatment free other than powdered sugar.

    It has begun!
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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  6. #46
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    BTW,

    I'm already setting up swarm traps near the Frank compound for this coming spring.
    Swarmtraps.jpg
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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  7. #47
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I'm in with 17. 11 treated with Hopguard, 6 untreated.
    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

  8. #48
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I'm in zone 6b, occasionally gets down around 0 F. Snows some, wet.
    Mouseguards, SBB open about 1", feeding the light ones to fill 3 meds.
    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

  9. #49
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Charlie, perhaps you can snag a few swarms off the Frank compound to thin his herd a little so the rest of us will have a chance in this contest .

    If it has begun then I am still in with 6 hives, very heavy with winter stores and sassy to boot
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio

  10. #50
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I'm looking for a yard in Belpre, OH.
    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

  11. #51
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Lauri, just have to say that is a nice bull! And with archery gear to boot!
    Coyote Creek Bees

  12. #52
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    6 Langs, 2 TBH's
    FGMO and EO's only.
    Quilts on top of langs, wrap all with reflextix on north and east sides.

  13. #53
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    This is the last day before we start. If you want to change your hive count, let us know by the end of today. Good wintering everyone!
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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  14. #54
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I have one nuc having a hard time getting queen right, one hive superseding, & another I'll probably have to feed.
    Guess I'll stick with 7, & see what happens.
    Dan

  15. #55
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Couldn't get to the computer yesterday. I'm starting with 3 hives. No treatment.

  16. #56
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    4 hives treatment free.
    Greg Barnett
    7a

  17. #57
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I'm in with 23 hives.

  18. #58
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    3 hives (one has a virgin queen, my strongest has mites).

    Sounds like I'll be evenly matched with Ollie :P

  19. #59
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Quote Originally Posted by BayHighlandBees View Post
    3 hives (one has a virgin queen, my strongest has mites). Sounds like I'll be evenly matched with Ollie :P
    Are you sure you didn't get those hives from Olly?
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  20. #60
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I'm out... my 1 colony ( ) succumbed to yellow jackets

    watching and waiting to see who wins tho
    Brian

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