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    Default Re-hiving & Tempratures

    What is a good day-time temperature for completely re-hiving a colony?
    David, Zone 6a
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    Default Re: Re-hiving & Tempratures

    I would have to say it depends upon if there is brood to be considered in the equation and how big the hive is. If you have NO brood, the bees can handle lower temps for short times, however if there is brood in the hive it is always better to have warmer temps...

    I myself don't do any re-hiving from one box to another unless the temps are above 60 deg F, and I try to work quickly.
    Thomas Bartram - 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: Re-hiving & Tempratures

    Thanks. I was concerned for brood. This recent cold snap in the NE has me worried now though- might not have a colony to re-hive if this keeps up.
    David, Zone 6a
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    Default Re: Re-hiving & Tempratures

    The bees can handle the cold, as long as they are in contact with honey, and not getting wet also..
    Why do you want to rehive them anyhow?
    Thomas Bartram - 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: Re-hiving & Tempratures

    The existing ware is in poor shape. It is dry rotting and spliting. It also appears that they used an existing crack or knot hole to make a new entrance at one of the handholds. Lastly, I am preferring to use 8 frame boxes due to weight concerns.
    David, Zone 6a
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    Default Re: Re-hiving & Tempratures

    I would use duct tape (literally) to hold the hive together until warmer weather allows you to re-hive without jeopardizing brood.

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    Default Re: Re-hiving & Tempratures

    Quote Originally Posted by philip.devos View Post
    I would use duct tape (literally) to hold the hive together until warmer weather allows you to re-hive without jeopardizing brood.
    Thomas Bartram - 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: Re-hiving & Tempratures

    Ahh, duct tape! Human's propolis lol!

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    Default Re: Re-hiving & Tempratures

    It appears that they glued the cracks themselves. I can manage the boxes without them falling apart, but not sure for how much longer. Another (bigger) fear is with the frames. I can only guess if they were glued/nailed. I see what I suppose is burr comb on the tops of the frames, but the framed comb is nice and straight. The bottom box may be the worst as it sat directly on the ground with no BB. I fixed that on my last visit as well as fed them sugar blocks. The following week, they appeared to be fine I suppose that I'm expecting the simple act of checking on them frame by frame to not go so well, just trying to be prepared for the worst.
    David, Zone 6a
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    Default Re: Re-hiving & Tempratures

    If ever there was an example of bees surviving in not so great conditions; I think this would give some others a run for the money.
    David, Zone 6a
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    Default Re: Re-hiving & Tempratures

    If they live and I can go through with this, should I expect to treat for mites? I don't know what people normally do their hives in spring, but I should add that these bees weren't managed for most of last year.
    David, Zone 6a
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