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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...
  13. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
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