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  1. #1
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    Default winter your bees in cold storage

    Interesting but short article in the local paper. Winter hives in cold storage.

    http://www.king5.com/news/environmen...180454391.html

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    Default Re: winter your bees in cold storage

    Mine go into cold storage every year here in Michigan, and its free. In fact, its more natural for them to be outside where they can get cleansing flights here and there. The higher CO2 levels are more harmful than good I would think, its not natural.

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    Default Re: winter your bees in cold storage

    Mine go into cold storage to...it's called a Minnesota winter.
    Not Michael Bush. My name is Dan. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Default Re: winter your bees in cold storage

    Here is a short vid I made up of my wintering shed

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a0_JjRSOnU&feature=plcp

    funny how in the news clip they figure its a new idea. Its been done around here for over 20 years
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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    Default Re: winter your bees in cold storage

    They have tried this in Wasilla, Ak. (Where Sahra lives). It worked to a certain extent, they have to be healthy an mite load reduced and well fed going in.
    One guy in McGrath, Ak. put his in a cellar. Worked fine. But the winter is just a month to long. But what condition are they when they go in? His are looking real good going in. That surely helps loads.
    I think its a great idea if you can find the space to do it. I hope it continues to work. Maybe more will move insde in the winter. He can also go in and check on the bees. Instead of driveing to Cali. Like one guy said many already do it.
    The News misses many points on why the bees are dying though.

    Mike

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