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  1. #1
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    Default Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    My bees are going gangbusters today, hauling in yellow, green and purple pollen, entrance is jammed up, great to see. I've left the reducers on, it's not all that warm yet.

    Great to see them out and busy, and in such large numbers. Hopefully that means many new bees in production and fat hives full of honey soon!

    Peter

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    I'm calling Bull---t. I see no pics to prove it!

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    I will confirm for Psfred, Flying in southwest Ohio 56 degrees

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    Congrats, congrats! They made it thru winter. What is the hive configuration like?

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    Evidence!

    Hives are a deep with two mediums -- I intend to put one medium underneath them later, and use it to checkerboard next year. Fed them a protein patty in September, syrup on one (the small swarm) to get them heavy enough I couldn't lift the rear of the hive with one hand.

    Peter
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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    A couple of days ago the bees were flying here north of Denver, but not today! We're in the middle of a blizzard. I was surprised to see some pollen coming in. I haven't seen any flowers blooming yet.

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    All of my hives winter in 3 mediums. When goldenrod comes on, at that point I leave everything for the bees to winter on. All the hives have a 2in. Deep inner cover with 3in hole. Feb1st fill with sugar. If they need it, it's there for them. Sugar also absorbs any condensation. I use vaporized fgmo for mites. Screened bottom board with oil pan for shb. Went to sunkist 2yrs ago. Very big brood producers. Great for splitting. Seem to winter well

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    I have 10 hives and 2 nucs and all are flying today we just hit 50 tomorro is going to be better .
    Going to ad some honey to the nucs tomorro.
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    What a great sight!!!! Upstate New York here. Yesterday I woke up to 10 inches of new snow....I was NOT happy that I had to go out and plow...again. Today, it's a different story. Take a look at these....


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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    Now THAT"S what I'm talking about!

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    Glock is that the wrap from B&B Honey in MN?

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    Sure is i bought the roll.
    It's geat stuff works for me.
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    Mine were flying good today too. Temp in the 60's. Bad news, others were flying also and found the feeder. It is a boardman style entrance feeder that has a small gap that allows bees to get to the syrup from outside the hive. I bought some from Brushy Mtn. to try them out. I realized it was robber bees and pulled it off pretty quick and relocated to another location on the property. They drained a quart today.

    I was able to close off the main entrance to the hive and leave only the upper hole open which they guarded. I checked them this afternoon and it looks like they had a few dead intruders inside on the upper cover.

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    Plowed the driveway yesterday, walked out to play with the dogs this afternoon and heard the bees 20 yards away! High 40s today but wrapped hives in direct sun convinced the girls to come out. Actually looked like orientation flights on a late spring afternoon. Nice to see and even nicer to hear the sound of contented bees.
    7 yrs, 6 hives, TF for 6 years, small cell, moved to OAV this fall.
    www.honeymeadowfarm.com, www.nhbees.wordpress.com

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    My bees were out doing cleansing flights yesterday. It was about 52 degrees here in western Maine. A ton pf yellow marks in the snow. We still have a ways to go before warm weather but it was just nice to see they were doing good.

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    Default Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    Cleansing flights... no pollen yet. This is Zone 5A... central New York north of Syracuse. Zip 13167.

    Enjoy!

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