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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 42y 40h 39yTF

  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, Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up

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