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    Re: Queen Introduction & Conflicting Advice

    I introduced a queen last summer with the attendants , and they chewed out of the candy plug overnight. The next morning all 5 attends were dead on the landing board. Queen was excepted.
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    Re: Queen Excluder Timing

    Thanks Roland. You confirmed what I have been seeing going on with my double deep brood boxes.

    I had enough feeding brood "MY" honey and making bees. I am trying the single brood box this year...
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    Re: Trying in Fairbanks

    I have been successfully wintering hives in Western Alaska, I had both my hives survive this past winter. They can survive Alaska just fine. be sure to treat for mites, Use a quilt box of dry grass...
  4. Re: Feeding Newly Installed Package in Cold Weather

    I have been putting a warm feed jar, on in the warm afternoons, and take it off before the temps cool off in the evening. They don't take much, but keeps them alive.
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    Re: Feeder hole size and how many ?

    I use a plastic peanut butter jar. I unfold a small size paper clip, hold it with a needle nose, and heat with a lighter and easily melts holes through the plastic lid.
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    Re: Feb 1st? All is well?

    I hate to jinx it, but both my hives are still alive and doing ok.
    One queen will be three years old and haven't seen here in awhile. Hope she makes it through to spring.
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    Re: Dumb bees, or dumb bee keeper?

    I found out cold don't hurt bees, I have opened hives at -10 F that did just fine. Just to add sugar bricks of course.
    I had one hive last year go through their sugar brick and starve because I...
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    Re: Dumb bees, or dumb bee keeper?

    I bought my first package and hybrid Russian queen from the link you posted. came from California, He suggested I go treatment free and feed honey.
    I could only afford to feed sugar and didn't...
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    Re: Dumb bees, or dumb bee keeper?

    Yes, I figured this place is not their natural habitat. I believe I am the western most beekeeper in North America, I am at 62 N and 163.7 W. Fairbanks is north of me yet, and I know their is...
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    Re: Dumb bees, or dumb bee keeper?

    While the lower 48 had low temps, We in Alaska had warm temps :)
    I watch my bees allot and when It warms I run up to the hives in hopes of catching a cleansing flight. We usually don't get any until...
  11. Re: Bees diving in to the snow and dying--again. What to do?

    I am at 62.1 N and 163.7 W

    I tried the pet shaving the first year, and decided to use straw instead. Not as messy and you can do this.

    https://i.imgur.com/qU1S6dz.jpg

    Your right about the...
  12. Re: Bees diving in to the snow and dying--again. What to do?

    Correct I didn't use insulation in the top cover I did this year, (these are last years pics) I am a new beek this was my second attempt at wintering.. the two nucs on the right didn't make it, only...
  13. Re: Bees diving in to the snow and dying--again. What to do?

    I was worried when I watched them dive bomb upside down into the snow, but then realized it probably is the old bees leavening to die. In the summer they go through great effort to rid the hive of...
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    Re: Upper vs Lower Ventilation (again).

    I have thought about it, but still hoping I wont have to winter indoors.
    Thanks

    Cheers
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    Re: Upper vs Lower Ventilation (again).

    I have been using both upper and lower entrances.

    The upper entrance ices completely shut at about -10 F

    https://i.imgur.com/3Z3Sn9e.jpg

    But thaws out again when it warms up to 0 F or so....
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    Re: Feeding dry sugar in cold weather

    Vance. Can you elaborate on your damp sugar, are you making bricks with them or just adding mountain camp style.
    I was wondering if my sugar bricks were too hard,and hard for them to consume and...
  17. Re: How Long Can Bees Go Without A Cleansing Flight ?

    Thanks again Guys. I guess I will keep the faith. Hoping for a cleansing flight next month I hope.
  18. Re: How Long Can Bees Go Without A Cleansing Flight ?

    Good info thanks Vance, We have had low snow years, and warm lately not even enough to cover them. Getting a lot now though a little late.
  19. How Long Can Bees Go Without A Cleansing Flight ?

    Just wondering because my bees are five months into winter and never flew once, Will be six in April. Yes still alive and pretty strong.

    A few come out and go back in, or fly off into the snow but...
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    Re: Feeding dry sugar in cold weather

    I was able to feed down to temps of 35 degrees in the fall with a peanut butter jar with a lot of holes in the lid and warm syrup, They would only take about half before it got cold, but warmed daily...
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    Re: Alaska Bee Keeping

    I have not had bear problems yet. We have mostly Browns and the ones that come near town get shot. The dogs in the video are my bear alarms, they keep most away.
    I did have one brown last summer get...
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    Re: Alaska Bee Keeping

    Thanks Guys, you must all be old hippies too. :D

    And yes Squarepeg, that is the Yukon River, the water was real low last summer,you can see my boat parked out on the mud.
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    Alaska Bee Keeping

    This is just a short video of a walk up the hill to my bee yard in Western Alaska.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYnnOVwEg8Y
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    Re: Feeding Sugar Syrup In Winter

    Thanks that's pretty much what I have a 3" shim with a good size sugar bricks,They ate through two already and I was slow to check and add the third. I do have two on my last hive now. and will check...
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    Feeding Sugar Syrup In Winter

    Hi All.
    I recently had a hive eat through its sugar brick (Its second for the season) and starve in two weeks before I checked on them again. Was a strong hive alive a few weeks ago.
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