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    Default Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Just came home from S Ga. Beautiful weather down there right now. 67 degrees when I was unloading my trucks/trailers. Woohoo!

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Little late or was that your plan
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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Oh its really late but better late then never. Im not that worried. I will just do a little later splits on them. Give me a run down once or twice to check them out and pamper them a bit in latter part of Feb. Most of them are looking to be 9 frames of bees right after I got them off the truck/trailer so they are good and strong. Shouldn't be an issue.

    I was hoping Mark would have met me there with his skidsteer so I wouldnt have to cart mine down there. Oh well. Such is life.

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    Hey man glad to see you got them down again. You are not to late. If the weather gets right you will be right on time. Been some good days down there but some colder days too. We have had a lot more colder weather this year. Lets hope for a early spring and less rain

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Quote Originally Posted by scokat View Post
    Little late or was that your plan
    It's never too late unless you take them down the same day as they are needed in NY. I know a guy who often took his bees to FL from NY in January. So, it does seem a little late to do it, but it isn't too late. If that make sense.
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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    I was hoping Mark would have met me there with his skidsteer so I wouldnt have to cart mine down there. Oh well. Such is life.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Quote Originally Posted by ga.beeman View Post
    Lets hope for a early spring and less rain
    Less rain? The whole SE is still in drought. You need rain.
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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    They been getting rain. I am seeing water in the ditches down there again. Just loaded up my truck last night with the last of them. Ill be heading back down tomorrow right after my day job. Mark, you gonna meet me this time so I can leave my skidsteer at home?

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Bring them up here and I will unload them for you. It's almost as warm here as it is in GA.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Oh. I hope you are not talking about -20 at your house in NY. You in Conway area now?

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    No, in NY.
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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    I think my bees are warmer at my house -8 this am than yours.

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    I thought you were looking at getting a bigger truck? that on hold for awhile? would save on trips down if you have a big flatbed.
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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    HAHA. Actually I was looking at Ford L9000s and step deck trailers. I could probably get both for under 20K. Cash is a bit tight right this second and I can rent a tractor and trailer. My new truck only got 7MPG on the run down so what its costing me in fuel I SHOULD have rented one and hauled them with that.

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    ya, really, the big rigs are averaging 8-12 mpg.
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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    The guys I talked to said they only see about 5.5 - 6.5 loaded on their trucks. Probably depending upon how much HP their engine is rated at. You know, bigger injectors = more power and less fuel efficiency.

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    Sqkcrk we are not in a drought . We reached our average rainfall for the year at the end of August. And it has rained a lot since then. Growing bee last spring down here was terrible . Cold and rainy. Hope to never see another spring like that. Bees look good so far this year.

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Mine greeted me with stings and pooped all over my new white truck this past Sunday.

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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Quote Originally Posted by ga.beeman View Post
    Sqkcrk we are not in a drought . We reached our average rainfall for the year at the end of August. And it has rained a lot since then. Growing bee last spring down here was terrible . Cold and rainy. Hope to never see another spring like that. Bees look good so far this year.
    How's your water table? SC water table has been well below normal for 10 years.

    I get your point though. May you get what you need.
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    Default Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    The drought in the southeast was pretty much erased over the past wetter than normal year. I don't have cumulative totals, but we got about 62 inches of rain here where I live with similar numbers across the rest of the southeast. Normal is in the 40 to 48 inch range.

    http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
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