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  1. #21
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: Winter - friend or foe?

    >Does anyone know the maximum time bees can stay cooped up without defecating inside the hive? I have never seen any info on this.

    I've seen one winter here where they didn't get to fly from late September to mid April. That's six and a half months. There was a lot of dysentery and higher than normal losses, but not that bad of losses. Most winters here winter doesn't really set in until October and they get a potty break about once a month through the winter.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  2. #22
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    Feb 2011
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    Belpre,Ohio, USA
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    Default Re: Winter - friend or foe?

    Thanks Michael,
    Once a month cleansing flights seems to be a healthy time frame average, with the bees having the ability to endure much more if needed.
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio Zone 6A

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