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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...
  6. 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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    Re: Putting a shallow supper below deep?

    I winter in three deeps. I put all the partially drawn frames in the bottom box, that is usually pretty much empty except for some pollen. Then the brood nest above, and then a deep of sugar syrup on...
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    Re: Trying in Fairbanks

    My season is going great. I made three splits this summer, I have not been able to get packages shipped in here anymore, and was down to just one hive two years ago. Have five now.

    We had a nice...
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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...
  20. 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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