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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
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    Neodesha, Ks
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    Default Mountain Camp Method;

    Here it is the middle of January and Spring is just around the corner. Do your Bee's have enough food to keep them from Starving? If not, do a Google search for Mountain Camp Method of feeding dry sugar. Don't let your little darling STARVE! I used the mountain camp method last year and my bee's came through in fine shape.
    Sat., the temp was 55* and the bee's were flying so I open my hives and the bee's were right up in the top and the hives were getting light so I decided it would be a good time to put the Dry Sugar just for Insurance against Starving. I fed dry sugar last year and I was sup-prized how much they ate of the dry sugar. Like I said, my bee's came through last winter in good shape and gave me a good amount of HONEY for the kind of year we had, it was dry here also. Any sugar that is left in the spring can be fed as syrup so nothing is lost. Try it, I think you will like the results. It is cheaper than buying more bee's in the spring.
    Just a Reminder to check your HIVES.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2012
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    Paw Paw, SW Lower Michigan
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    Default Re: Mountain Camp Method;

    How warm should it be to crack open the hive and add sugar? It's cold and snowy here in Michigan at the moment.

  3. #3
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    zanesvile, ohio, usa
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    Default Re: Mountain Camp Method;

    Quote Originally Posted by NonTypicalCPA View Post
    How warm should it be to crack open the hive and add sugar? It's cold and snowy here in Michigan at the moment.
    I would not open them unless it is 40 degrees up there. If you have no other choice open them and move quick...

  4. #4
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    Virgil, NY USA
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    Default Re: Mountain Camp Method;

    we open them in the 20's if they need fed. I have seen good hives spend half the winter with the covers blown off and a snow drift on top and they survive just fine as long as they have food.
    Its better to open and feed than let them starve.
    Nick

  5. #5
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    May 2012
    Location
    Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA
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    Default Re: Mountain Camp Method;

    Quote Originally Posted by funwithbees View Post
    we open them in the 20's if they need fed. I have seen good hives spend half the winter with the covers blown off and a snow drift on top and they survive just fine as long as they have food.
    Its better to open and feed than let them starve.
    Nick
    Same here.

  6. #6
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    Jul 2012
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    Paw Paw, SW Lower Michigan
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    Default Re: Mountain Camp Method;

    Thanks guys. I don't think they need any but I guess I'm a little paranoid being my first year.

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