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  1. #1
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    Default Going into a cold hive - suggestions?

    Due to circumstances beyond my control(work 8:30am to 8:30pm), I feel I must inspect 3 hives tomorrow morning around 7 am. Temps should be in the low 40s. The only other choice I have is to wait until Saturday.

    These are new packages on 2 Langs, and 1 TBH. Hived Sunday afternoon. Feeder cans that came with the packages are inside the hives, with a bit of fondant also.

    The reasons I think I must inspect tomorrow are -

    1 - check the queen to see if she is out of the cage, and if not release her.
    2 - check the feeder cans and supplement if needed
    3 - Peace of mind - make sure everything looks ok- can't get in till Saturday.

    Questions -

    1- should I inspect tomorrow, or wait until Saturday?
    2 - should I smoke at all? Would think they would be very sluggish in the am
    3 - mist warm sugar water?
    4 - am I too paranoid about my girls...lol
    Lititz, PA

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    Default Re: Going into a cold hive - suggestions?

    Wait until Saturday afternoon.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Going into a cold hive - suggestions?

    Listen to SQKCRK - experience counts!
    “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” - The Quran

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    Default Re: Going into a cold hive - suggestions?

    What would be the potential problem of going in tomorrow? I'm thinking there wouldn't be much if any brood yet.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 04-24-2013 at 06:28 PM. Reason: UNQuote
    Lititz, PA

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    Default Re: Going into a cold hive - suggestions?

    Well for one thing... they have only been in there a little over 48 hrs... they are still deciding if this is really there new home and whether or not they want to stay. Absconding can still happen, so why take a chance. 48 hours is no time for the queen to still be in her cage... I wait about 5 days... if I check at all.....
    “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” - The Quran

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    Default Re: Going into a cold hive - suggestions?

    I other words no need to add more stress to an already stressed hive. Thanks for the assurance.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 04-24-2013 at 06:30 PM. Reason: UNQuote
    Lititz, PA

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    Default Re: Going into a cold hive - suggestions?

    The queen will be fine, the workers will feed her thru the wire mesh.

    I'm a a fair bit north of you, and there is coltsfoot, willow, forsythia, and siberian squill blooming here, so your bees should find plenty of forage, as you are proabably a week or two further into spring than we are.

    I'd wait til Saturday

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