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  1. #1
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    Default Keeping brood warm and moving up to honey?

    Bees cluster around the brood to keep it warm in winter; however I read they move up to the honey stores when the honey immediate to the brood is exhausted. Doesn't this leave the brood exposed? - mike

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Keeping brood warm and moving up to honey?

    They stretch the cluster so presuming the cluster is large enough the brood is never uncovered.
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Keeping brood warm and moving up to honey?

    They will not leave the brood exposed even if they starve within sight of stores
    You are at the mercy of the queens genetics as to wether she lays too much too early in the year,and at the mercy of the weather as to late cold snaps catching them with extensive brood
    This is why you read about the need for "local genetics/bred queens"
    Good Luck, Mike
    "Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" Ben Franklin

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Keeping brood warm and moving up to honey?

    Proper backfilling within the brood nest during fall closeout, should be checked as well.
    Poppy's Bees, Queens, and Honey
    Mammoth Cave, KY

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