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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    Your welcome. I hope you found some it useful.
    Good Luck !
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    Here we can shoot them in defense of life or property. No permit required. The bear goes to the state though.
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    You got me there. That is a P Poor fence, only because I had to order the wire and didn't have enough, I live in a remote Eskimo village the local store don't have much in the way of bear protection....
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    My bee yard in summer.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYnnOVwEg8Y
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    Interesting. Thank you for that.
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    I have bears to worry about so I need something a little more stable than that. My ratchet strapping them to a pallet locks them down pretty good.

    I am also on a hill so that would not work too...
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    These are Arctic Hare tracks. They are huge white rabbit about the size of a fox. the Snowshoe hares are much smaller. Google them , they are pretty interesting.
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    Its very windy here, I have to ratchet strap my hives or they will blow away. Pallets work great for that. 2x4s not so much.
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    Thanks for the responses folks and always good to see other northern beekeepers wintering methods. Thanks for sharing.

    Here is a better picture of the wraps I use. This particular one has been on...
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    By April my bees have been in the box for six months, so my bees ARE in a hurry for a cleansing flight. If its working for you there don't change a thing.

    This spring my big hives had about 5-6...
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    That could very well be true. But without a upper entrance, my bees would not get in their cleansing flight, because the bottom entrance is buried in the snow.

    Saltybee the wraps are called Colony...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    Good point. I should of mentioned I am in Alaska at 62.05 N 163.3 W So we don't get any hot weather like that. At 70 F I pull the entrance reducer, and we don't get much hotter than 75 F

    If your...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    My bees used to fly at about 38 F when sunny.

    After I painted my hives black, They fly at 35 F
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    My three hives and a nuc going into winter 2019-2020 They were treated with two rounds of OAV got a mite drop of about 50 both times. Might do another round yet, the Alaska fall has been mild so far....
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    Re: burlap for quilting box?

    I use a empty medium super stuffed with dry straw, on top of a inner cover with a screened 3 " feed hole for ventilation.

    On a nice day you can pop the top and pull out the straw and dry it, and...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    Honestly I think mountain camp is a bad idea when you can use sugar bricks, and add them on a cold winter day, and remove them with ease in the spring.

    I took 25 lbs of extra bricks off my hives...
  17. Bees Bringing in Fungus in place of pollen

    I noticed my bees bringing in what I thought was pollen. But its fall time here in Alaska, and we had several good freezes and nothing in bloom now.
    I followed them to see what they are getting and,...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    As a new beekeeper,I thought I could jar feed my hives up to weight. Nope Not happening with my bees. I had to open feed, or starve them. I have not found a feeder that works as good as they can.
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    Re: Todays Honey Prices!

    That's just what I see on Craigslist. No commercial guys here

    I bet your Manuka honey would get that here.
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    Re: Todays Honey Prices!

    Alaska beekeepers in the Anchorage area, are getting $25 a pint and $45 a qrt
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    Thanks Vance. I hope I didn't jinx it now and lose them all this winter, and delete this post in the spring. lol

    I want to also mention that with the three deeps you need to get into the hive...
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    Thanks for the heads up Grozzie2 I didn't know that. Although I never considered leaving a super of Fireweed honey for bees to eat when it sell for $20 a pint here in Alaska.
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    Thanks Greg. I hope it helps someone save a hive. When I was starting out (not that long ago) I checked in here for wintering advice and there was none.
    As far as the empty deep under, It is a big...
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    Wintering Bees In Alaska

    I hear about beekeepers in Alaska that throw their bees to the wind every fall. I hope this can encourage more to overwinter. Its not that hard. And yes your bees can survive Alaska cold just fine. I...
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    Re: Putting a shallow supper below deep?

    I feed a pollen patty in August when they are making winter bees. And then again in the spring when I know they can get out for cleansing flights. This spring they didn't really brood up much at all...
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