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  1. #281
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Another one bit the dust, a tiny cluster in a double-deep. http://s1110.beta.photobucket.com/us...tml?sort=6&o=0
    Winter survival so far is 9/12 in regular 10 frame configurations, and 18/18 in 5 frame nuc equipment; Although based upon the frost ring around the upper entrances there may be a couple of the nucs on their last legs. I will check in a week or two when the weather is warmer.

  2. #282
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I'm doing about the same as franktrujillo here in Colorado. 7 out of 7 still going strong. Lots of girls out on cleansing flight during the last warm days, but we still have a bit of winter left to go. My aspens have catkins set but not yet opening.

    Steve

  3. #283
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Three for three here, hives are still heavy.

    We seem to lose most of our hives during the next month or six weeks around here, they tend to starve out when they start up brood rearing as the weather warms if they don't have adequate stores. We get blasts of arctic air still, and sometimes heavy snow, and if they can't get out and forage, eat everything up.

    Looking forward to a good honey crop this year!

    Peter

  4. #284
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Almonds are starting to bloom around here, Ornamental fruit trees will start in the next 2 weeks our winter is almost over here.
    Chemical free, powdered sugar only, worst year out of the last three 29% loss.
    previous two years where 100% survival basically the same treatment strategy the last 5 years.
    Dan

  5. #285
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I am four for four still but I am being mindfull of all this late winter starvation talk. I added sugar to the top of my two nucs. I think the big hive is goign to be fine and actually has about twice as much honey as it ever needed.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

  6. #286
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Quote Originally Posted by KQ6AR View Post
    Almonds are starting to bloom around here, Ornamental fruit trees will start in the next 2 weeks our winter is almost over here.
    Chemical free, powdered sugar only, worst year out of the last three 29% loss.previous two years where 100% survival basically the same treatment strategy the last 5 years.
    >I might have a chance to beat OD on this one, last two winters 0% loss.
    Powdered sugar is my only treatment. Going to be taking 4 hives, & 3 nucs into winter = 7

    Oh how the mighty fall.....

  7. #287
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    This is over at the end of the month, right? That gives us an advantage as March is when spring starvation happens around here.
    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

  8. #288
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Finally a little good news. Just check my rooftop hives today. 5 of the strongest have two supers of Eucalyptus honey each. Bay Area keeps check your hives!

    Feb 2013 Euc Flow 2.jpgFeb 2013 Euc Flow 3.jpgFeb 2013 Euc Flow.jpg
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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  9. #289
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    What source of queens? What medication routine?

  10. #290
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Heck ya, right on Charlie! Nice strong hives!
    Coyote Creek Bees

  11. #291
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Way to go Charlie, please keep us updated!
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio

  12. #292
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Olly,

    These hives were a combination of swarms and splits with queens from Pete in San Jose. All were treated with MAQS late summer.
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  13. #293
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Quote Originally Posted by WWW View Post
    Way to go Charlie, please keep us updated!
    Thanks Bill. This week I have to make the rounds to my other bee yards. I haven't seen those hives in over a month being on my back with a sinus infection. I'm nervous as to what I'll find.
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  14. #294
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Whats you're final count this winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Oh how the mighty fall.....
    Dan

  15. #295
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I lost 50% this winter, out of 8 hives. All the ones that died were small swarms, and didn't really have a chance.
    Before a bee stings, it will be sure to let you know that it will hurt them more than it will hurt you.

  16. #296
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    March 1st. is right around the corner everyone. I'm down 7 out of 35 so far.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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  17. #297
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Just checked my hives after work and they are rockin! One single deep is 8 frames of bees, need to throw a deep on it. The other two singles are about 5 frames each. My three double deeps are pumping as well. I'm going to graft some queens probably in a week and see what happens!
    Coyote Creek Bees

  18. #298
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Nice BG, I'm seeing drones already.
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  19. #299
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Nice BG, I'm seeing drones already.
    When I moved the nucs into singles a couple weeks ago I seen capped drone cells as well! Hopefully it's a productive spring and I can get my hive count close to twenty by July! Take care bud!
    Coyote Creek Bees

  20. #300
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    Default Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I am 0 losses for 4 colonies so far. They where foraging yesterday and bringing in pollen. So my question now is. how do you determine when they have survived the last season and the new season has officially started.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

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